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Companies plead guilty in ex-Enugu governor's trial

20 May 2015, 09:09Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - Four companies linked to the former governor of Enugu State, Chimaroke Nnamani, have pleaded guilty to a ten-count amended charge preferred against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Rainbownet Nigeria Limited, Cosmos FM, Capital City Automobile Nigeria Limited and Renaissance University Teaching Hospital are associated with Nnamani, who is under probe for money laundering to the value of N5 billion.

Counsel to the companies, Ricky Tarfa, has pleaded guilty to the charges.

Justice Yinusa has consequently adjourned proceedings to May 27.

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EFCC counsel, Kelvin Uzozie, told the Federal High Court in Lagos that the matter had been stalled severally on account of Nnamani’s frequent applications to travel abroad for medical treatment on grounds of ill-health.

Nnamani was first arraigned before Justice Tijani Abubakar in 2007.  He was docked alongside Sunday Anyaogu, his then aide and six firms linked to them - Rainbownet Nigeria Limited, Hillgate Nigeria Limited, Cosmos FM, Capital City Automobile Nigeria Limited, Renaissance University Teaching Hospital and Mea Mater Elizabeth High School.

The case was re-assigned to Justice Charles Archibong following the transfer of Justice Abubakar, now of the Appeal Court.

The case was re-assigned to Justice Yinusa, after Justice Archibong (now retired) was also transferred out of the Lagos division of the court.

According to the charge, Nnamani, who was governor from 1999 to 2007, conspired with other accused persons to launder funds from the state treasury, especially monies meant for the local government areas of Enugu State.

- CAJ News


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