Obiano

The Federal High Court, Abuja, heard testimony from two key witnesses, Tochukwu Aloysius Nnadi and Mrs. Chinwe Patricia Ebunam, in the case against former Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, regarding the alleged diversion of N4 billion from security votes to private companies.

The proceedings, reported by the EFCC on Wednesday, June 26, 2024, detailed how funds meant for state security expenditures were redirected during Obiano’s tenure.

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Nnadi, a bank manager in Awka since June 2011, presented documents from his bank indicating that multiple private entities, including Easy Diamond Integrated Links, C.I Patty Ventures Nigeria Limited, and Xpressive Consult Nig. Limited, received transfers from the state’s security votes account.

Led by prosecution counsel Sylvanus Tahir SAN, Nnadi highlighted that the Anambra State Government under Obiano maintained various accounts, including the Security Votes Account managed by officials like Mr.

Willie Nwokoye, the then Principal Secretary, and Theophilus Meize, the government house Accountant.

According to Nnadi’s testimony, the Security Votes Account received weekly funding from sources such as the Consolidated Internal Revenue Account, with disbursements made based on instructions from authorized personnel.

He submitted certified statements of account, identification certificates, and account opening records to support his claims.

The prosecution presented these documents as evidence and marked them as PW A1 to PW A794 and B1 to B432, which were admitted by the court.

The testimonies and evidence provided by Nnadi and Ebunam are pivotal in the ongoing legal proceedings and investigation into the alleged financial irregularities during Obiano’s administration.