Former Anambra Governor, Willie Obiano, Arrested

The immediate past Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, has been arrested.

Obiano who handed over the mantle of leadership to Prof. Charles Soludo in Awka today, was arrested by the Economic and Financial crimes commission, EFCC at the Lagos airport at about 8.30pm.

The former governor who was about to board an international flight was on his way to Houston, Texas, USA. It could not be ascertained at press time if his wife and children were travelling together.

Details of the arrest are currently sketchy but unconfirmed sources claimed it is in connection with financial impropriety while in office.

The commission had in a letter to the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service dated November 15, 2021, 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.

The Commissioner for Information in Anambra, Don Adinuba, had, however, dared the EFCC, insisting that his boss would return to the US – his original base – after leaving office.

However, barely 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.

On sighting him at 8.30pm, immigration officers were said to have alerted the EFCC who immediately arrested him and took him to their office.

When contacted on the telephone, the spokesman for the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed the former governors’ arrest, promising to provide more details later.

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