The Federal High Court Abuja has approved the administrative bail granted to former Anambra Governor, Willie Obiano, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Obiano, who pleaded not guilty to money laundering charges totaling over N4 billion, will be required to adhere to specified bail conditions.
The conditions mandate Obiano to secure two sureties who hold directorial positions in the civil service and possess landed properties in Abuja. Additionally, the former governor must submit his international passport to the court, prompting the Nigeria Immigration Service to be informed that all his travel documents are under the court’s custody.
Justice Inyang Ekwo, overseeing the proceedings, emphasized that Obiano is obligated to remain within the confines of the Federal Capital Territory Abuja throughout the duration of his trial. The charges against Obiano encompass nine counts related to stealing, corruption, and money laundering, as filed by the EFCC.
Obiano’s appearance at the Abuja division of the Federal High Court for arraignment was marked by the presence of EFCC officials who had detained him earlier in the week following his response to an invitation regarding the allegations against him.
This development unfolds in the wake of a commitment by EFCC Chairman, Ola Olukoyede, to revisit neglected high-profile cases, particularly those involving former governors and ministers. As Obiano navigates the legal landscape, the granting of administrative bail offers a reprieve amid the weighty accusations brought against him.