‘Why Ex-Gov. Willie Obiano was arrested’ – EFCC Explains

EFCC explains why Ex-Gov. Willie Obiano was arrested

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has confirmed the arrest of immediate past Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, who was arrested while leaving the country after handing over to his successor, Charles Soludo.


News of his arrest made rounds online and offline yesterday, March 17, hours after his wife Ebelechukwu was spotted at the airport.

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The Public Relations Officer of the commission, Wilson Uwajaren, speaking in a chat with BBC Pidgin, have now explained the reason behind the arrest.

He explained that the EFCC had been watching Obiano for a while now but they couldn’t take any action against him because of the immunity he had as a state governor, but now that he has handed over power to Charles Soludo, he has lost his immunity. Uwajaren however didn’t disclose his exact crime.

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He said; “Obiano has been on our watchlist for sometime now. He had immunity as a governor and that is why we could not arrest him before now.

“Today he lost the immunity and was traveling out of the country before we finally arrested him”.


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