Sunday December 05, 2021 9:16 AM

Obiano not afraid of EFCC, ready to answer any question- Official

The Government of Anambra State has said that Governor Willie Obiano is ready to answer questions about his tenure in office, and that the governor who is currently in the United States did not leave the country in disguise.

The government is reacting  to the news that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has placed the governor on a watchlist. The governor will conclude his tenure on March 17, and it’s suspected that he may leave the country after then.

A press statement by the Anambra State government, which was signed by the commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C. Don Adinuba said there was no doubt that the governor will leave the country after his tenure as he has always announced so, but insisted that the governor was ready to account for his years in office.

The release described the news of the governor having been put on the commission’s watchlist as being sponsored, stating that currently, the governor was outside the country, and legitimately travelled without disguising himself or sneaking out.

He attributed the action of the commission as being engineered by same people who wanted to impose a state of emergency on Anambra, saying that the move was in retaliation of the defeat of their ambition to take Anambra at all cost.

Adinuba’s press statement read: “Nigerians were dismayed that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) went a new low on Wednesday, November 24, 2021, when it sponsored media reports claiming that it has placed Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State on its watch list.

“The EFCC provided no details of how Governor Obiano has been placed on its watch list, but made a reference to a letter it purportedly wrote on November 15, 2021, to the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) asking it to inform the anti-graft agency anytime the governor is travelling out of the country.

“Everything that can be wrong with politically motivated statements like this one is obviously wrong with this statement. The EFCC knows full well that it is acting inelegantly in this instance, and so has tried as much as possible not to make an official public statement on the alleged placing of Chief Obiano on the watch list. It furtively gave a section of the media the news report it wrote based on ostensibly its letter to the NIS on November 15.

“Governor Obiano is out of the country currently. And he travelled through one of the country’s international airports. He did not disguise himself, but rather left the country with his identity fully disclosed at the necessary immigration point.

“The EFCC sounded more inelegant when it claimed in the sponsored press report that it received intelligence reports that the governor plans to “flee” from Nigeria once he hands over power next March 17 to the newly elected Anambra State governor, Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo.

“Chief Obiano has never left any persons in doubt that he will relocate to his base in the United States once he finishes his tenure. As early as Wednesday, March 4, 2020, he announced his decision to a meeting of the Anambra State Council of Elders.”

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