A Lagos Division of the Federal High Court has struck out the corruption case filed by EFCC against a former governor of Enugu State, Chimaroke Nnamani, for lack of “proper charges”.
The former governor was dragged to court for allegedly embezzling N5.3 billion while he was in office between 1999 and 2007.
According to Premiumtimes, the presiding judge, Justice Chuka Obiozor, said the affidavit filed by Mr. Nnamani showed that the court had entered judgement in the same suit on July 5, 2015, by another judge, Mohammed Yunusa.
Rickey Tarfa, counsel to Nnamani, had informed the court that the defendant filed a motion disclosing the facts that this case has been put to rest by Mr. Yunusa in his judgement suit no FHc/L/09c/07.
According to Mr. Tarfa, a senior advocate of Nigeria, parties in the suit had entered a plea bargain before Mr. Yunusa and there is no valid pending charges before Mr. Obiozor as the court cannot sit on appeal for the case of another judge of concurrent jurisdiction.
Kelvin Uzozie, the EFCC prosecutor, said he had looked at the affidavits filed by the defendant in the case and was applying that the entire proceedings be expunged to enable him file fresh charges against Mr. Nnamani.
Delivering judgement, the presiding judge said, “I agree that in view of the plea bargain judgement of this court delivered on the 7th of July, 2015, that there is no valid charge before me and I thereby expunge the entire proceedings before me.”