The cloud is still very hazy ahead of the March 16, 2022 change of government in Anambra State on why the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has placed the out-going governor of the state, Willie Obiano on watchlist.
In a letter to the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service dated November 15, 2021, the Commission requested the Service to place the governor on watchlist and inform it anytime he is travelling out of the country from any of the International airports and other points of entry and exit.
But no reason was given by the anti-graft agency for placing the governor on watchlist.
This development has caused worries among the Governor’s political allies, just as he has few months to live office.
Although, impeccable sources said the move is an indication that the agency may have been discreetly investigating the governor and possibly have intelligence that he plans to travel after handing over power to his successor, Charles Soludo.
Wilson Uwujaren, the spokesperson for the EFCC according to reports, in response so far said that he had not briefed on the development. He promised to crosscheck with the relevant agency of the commission and then revert.
Hours after, Mr Uwujaren has failed to do so and did not answer or return subsequent calls made to him.
Incumbent governors in Nigeria have immunity from criminal prosecution while in office.
Mr Obiano, 66, left banking to join politics in 2013. He was elected governor of Anambra in November on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) that year.
He was subsequently sworn in on March 16, 2014, succeeding Peter Obi, who is also being investigated by the EFCC.