EFCC places Anambra Governor, Willie Obiano on watchlist


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has written a letter to the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to place the incumbent Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, on a watchlist, ahead of the handover of government in the state.

According to the letter addressed to the Comptroller of the service dated November 15, 2021, the EFCC requested the immigration to place Governor Obiano on a watchlist and inform it anytime he is travelling out of the country from any of the international airports, as well as other points of entry and exit.

It is, however, not clear why the anti-graft agency placed the governor on a watchlist.

There are however unconfirmed reports that the agency may have been discreetly investigating the governor and possibly have intelligence that he was planning to escape after handing over power to his successor, Charles Soludo, who won the November 6th Governorship[ election in Anambra.

Obiano will hand over power to his successor on March 16, 2022.

When contacted, the spokesperson for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, said he had not briefed on the development. He promised to crosscheck with the relevant agency of the commission and then revert.

Meanwhile, sitting governors in Nigeria have immunity from criminal prosecution while in office and can only be investigated and charged after their tenure.

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