Thursday, August 02, 2007
Nnamani has killer squad
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday opposed the bail application brought before a Federal High Court, Lagos by Senator Chimaroke Nnamani, saying it would be dangerous to give the former governor bail as he had a "killer squad."
According to the EFCC, in a counter-affidavit, the alleged "killer squad" was headed by Nnamani’s former Political Adviser on Chieftancy and Local Government Matter, Mr Sam Ejiofor, who is standing trial before a Federal High Court in Lagos over alleged money laundering offences.
It said that the safety of prosecution witnesses in the case may not be guaranteed if the former governor was granted bail.
The EFCC also alleged that in the course of the investigation of the case, the investigating team was attacked by the "killer squad" and had to sleep in the bush for a night.
Relying on the counter-affidavits filed by the commission and insisting that the former governor and his co-accused, Sunday Anyaogu should be kept in custody, pending the determination of the case, EFCC’s lawyer, Kelvin Uzozie, disclosed that several persons who were helping the commission in the investigation were attacked.
The EFCC named those allegedly eliminated by the "killer squad" as Sunady Ugwu, Engr. Chris Nwankwo, Prof Chimere Ikoku and Samuel Otte.
According to the commission, those allegedly attacked include, Chief Christian Onoh, the former governor of old Anambra State; Rev Dr Oscar Egwuonwu, a former local government chairman of Udi Local Government, described as a witness for the prosecution, and his younger brother, Mr Chuka Egwuonwu. Others are Hon Nwabueze Ugwu, Hon Barrister Lucky Chukwu and Rev Father Mbaka.