The move by former governor of Enugu State, Chimaroke Nnamani to evade arrest has suffered a setback.

The Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday refused the plea to vacate the bench warrant it issued for his arrest.

Justice Chuka Obiozor turned down the plea made by Nnamani’s lawyer, Rickey Tarfa (SAN), and rather insisted that the ex-governor must be produced before him in respect of a N5.3bn fraud charge.

The judge also struck out Nnamani’s application challenging the court’s jurisdiction and seeking a perpetual injunction to restrain the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission from arresting him.

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The application was struck out by the judge, after Tarfa had asked to withdraw same.

The judge, thereafter, adjourned the case till February 20, 2018, at the instance of the EFCC prosecutor, Kelvin Uzozie, who pleaded for time to consult with the anti-graft agency on how to proceed with the case.

Refusing Tarfa’s prayer for the discharge of the bench warrant against Nnamani, Justice Obiozor held, “The request for an order to discharge the bench warrant against the first defendant before me, for now, is hereby refused. This is without prejudice to the renewal of the application at the next adjourned date.”


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