Tuesday, July 17, 2007


A former Governor of Enugu State, Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani, was on Monday arrested on his hospital bed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

A statement by a former Commissioner for Information in Enugu State, Mr. Igbonekwu Ogazimorah, confirmed the arrest at around 9.10pm on Monday.
The statement reads, “Nnamani, a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, has just been seized by the operatives of the EFCC, at 5. 42 p.m.

“Nnamani, who had been on admission at the National Hospital, Abuja since last Thursday, was apprehended, taken to an unknown destination, without the benefit of taking his drugs with him.
“In what appears as a sudden twist of schedule, the operatives swiftly told Nnamani that they were to keep him there, ignoring the fact of a bail bond signed for the former governor and whose specific terms had been kept.

“The EFCC neither allowed Nnamani’s friends and staff to come close nor understand what was going on.

“No doubt, Nnamani’s eventual arrest on Monday is the remarkable feat which certain adversaries of the former governor very strenuously sought since July 2, when they went into a media binge to demonise the man as they sought over the years.
“We expect that the former governor would be charged to court in the next forty-eight hours as required by the constitution.

“However, after appeals to the EFCC officials on the state of his health, the former governor was returned to his hospital bed at the National Hospital at around 8.00 pm.”
Reports had it that Nnamani went into hiding on Friday following the arrest of some of his former colleagues by the EFCC.

But another report said he was admitted at the hospital late on Thursday night for an undisclosed ailment.

EFCC operatives had traced him to the hospital and kept a close watch to forestall his escape.
They reportedly barred people, including his family members and friends, from visiting him.

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