Nigeria’s anti-corruption unit, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has placed the outgoing Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, on a watchlist, ahead of the handover of government in the State from March next year.
This was contained in a letter to the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) dated November 15, 2021 which was obtained by Africa Today News, News York on Wednesday.
According to the letter, the EFCC requested the immigration to place Governor Obiano on a watchlist and inform it anytime he is travelling out of the country from any of the international airports, as well as other points of entry and exit.
It is, however, not clear why the anti-graft agency placed the governor on a watchlist.
Sources told reporters that the move was an indication that the agency may have been discreetly investigating the governor and possibly have intelligence that he was planning to escape after handing over power to his successor, Professor Charles Soludo, on March 16, 2022.
Africa Today News, New York understands that sitting governors in Nigeria have immunity from criminal prosecution while in office.
Obiano currently aged 66, will hand over the leadership of Anambra to Professor Soludo in March 2022 when he completes his two terms as governor of the state.
AFRICA TODAY NEWS, NEW YORK