A Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday granted leave to a former Governor of Enugu State, Chimaroke Nnamani, to travel abroad to attend to his medical needs.
Justice Charles Archibong granted Mr. Nnamani leave to travel after his counsel, Rickey Tarfa (SAN), and the prosecution counsel, Richard Mogaji, had argued for and against the application.
Mr. Tarfa had, in his application, urged the court to allow his client to travel abroad to attend to his medical problems.
He also prayed the court for an order granting the accused permission to use his passport, which is in custody of the court, as part of his bail conditions.
Prosecution counsel, Mr. Magaji, however, opposed the application on the grounds that the application did not disclose the sickness of the accused.
“We want the application to be dismissed as it is only a ploy to delay trial,’’ he said.
Justice Archibong, in his ruling, granted the accused leave to use his passport to travel outside the country to attend to his medical problems.
“He is permitted to travel out of the country to attend to his condition before the next adjourned date and be available for his trial,’’ he said.
The judge consequently adjourned the case to July 24 for trial.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had in 2010 re-arraigned Mr. Nnamani and nine others on a 124-count charge of alleged money laundering, involving about N5 billion of the state’s funds.
Other accused persons standing trial with the ex-governor are former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Sam Ejiofor; a Consultant to the state government, Victor Udeh and a personal aide, Sunday Anyaogu.
Six firms linked to the ex-governor, which are also being prosecuted, are: Rainbownet Nig. Ltd., Hillgate Nig. Ltd., Cosmos FM, Capital City Automobile Nig. Ltd., Renaissance University Teaching Hospital and Mea Mater Elizabeth High School.