A Federal High Court Sitting in Lagos has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of a former governor of Enugu State, Chimaroke Nnamani.
Justice Chuka Obiozor made the order of arrest following the failure of the former governor’s lawyer, to give any reasonable evidence as to why his client was absent in court.
Nnamani is currently charged with an alleged fraud of 5.3 billion naira.
Nnamani’s lawyer, Mr. Abubakar Shamsudeen had told the court that the former governor had undergone a heart surgery in the United States and this was responsible for his absence but the prosecution said the photographs brought by the lawyer as proof had been taken in 2014.
Justice Obiozor declined the lawyer’s request for an adjournment till January next year, expressing displeasure that the case had lasted for 10 years and the judiciary has always been blamed for the delay in such cases.
The case has been adjourned until December 14 for further proceedings.