A Federal High Court in Lagos has issued an arrest warrant against a former Governor of Enugu State, Chimaroke Nnamani, who was charged with an alleged fraud of N5.3 billion.
Justice Chuka Obiozor issued the bench warrant against the ex-governor over the failure to appear in court on Monday for his scheduled re-arraignment.
The judge also held that counsel to Nnamani failed to give a justified reason over his client’s absence from court.
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It can be recalled that Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani was the governor of Enugu State from 1999 to 2007 and a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Senator for Enugu East Senatorial District from 2007 to 2011. He had joined the party chairman earlier in May 2017 after initially abandoning it for the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani’s first foray in national politics was his election as the National President of the Nigerian Medical Students Association (NIMSA).
His eight years tenure witnessed many groundbreaking projects including new permanent campus of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), the Enugu State University Teaching Hospital and College of Medicine at Parklane, Enugu, the Enugu Campus of the Nigerian Law School, the Ebeano Tunnel, dualization of Rangers Avenue and Chime Avenue, a new route linking Nza Street and Chime Avenue in Enugu, the new State Judiciary headquarters, the International Conference Centre, the Enugu State Building in Abuja, amongst others.
After his tenure as the senator representing the Enugu East Senatorial District from 2007 to 2011, Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani lost when he re-contested for the seat in the April 2011 elections in controversial circumstances. He vied for the same seat again in the 2015 elections and was widely projected to win when his main challenger was surprisingly declared as the winner, and this provoked a spontaneous mass protests that rocked the capital city of Enugu for days.
There have been speculations on the political future of Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani, especially regarding the 2019 elections, and now comes the fraud scandal.