The immediate past Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, was on Thursday, arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
It was learnt that Obiano, who had been on the watch list of the EFCC but was being protected by immunity as governor, was arrested while trying to board a flight to the United States.
In a letter to the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service dated November 15, 2021, the commission had asked immigration to place Obiano on a watch list and inform it anytime he is travelling out of the country from any of the International airports and other points of entry and exit.
Just a few hours after handing over to his successor, Prof. Charles Soludo, it was learnt that Obiano made his way to Lagos after which he proceeded to the international airport.
The Punch reports that on sighting him at 8.30 pm, immigration officers were said to have alerted the EFCC who immediately arrested him and took him to their office.
The spokesman for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, has confirmed the former governor’s arrest, promising to provide more details later.
“It is true. He was arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport around 8.30 pm,” said Uwujaren.
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