Former Accountant General Anamekwe Nwabuoku Seeks Extension To Refund Looted N1.6 Billion

Former Accountant General Anamekwe Nwabuoku Seeks Extension To Refund Looted N1.6 Billion

Anamekwe Nwabuoku, former Acting Accountant General of the Federation, on Wednesday asked Justice James Omotoso of the Federal High Court, Abuja, to give him more time to conclude the restitution of public funds looted by him and his co-accused.

Nwabuoku and his co-accused, Felix Nweke, are facing 11 counts of money laundering amounting to N1.6 billion.

They are being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Nwabuoku and his co-accused were accused of committing the act, while Nwabuoku was the Director of Finance and Accounts at the Ministry of Defence between 2019 and 2021.

In the charge sheet marked FHC/ABJ/CR/240/24 dated May 20 and filed on May 27 by EFCC counsel, Ekele Iheanacho, Nwabuoku is the first accused and Nweke is the second accused.

Nwabuoku was appointed acting AGoF on May 20, 2022 by former President Muhammadu Buhari after Ahmed Idris was suspended as AGF over an alleged N80 billion fraud.

However, he was dismissed from his post in July 2022, a few weeks after taking office.

When the case was called on Wednesday, the defendants asked the court to stay their arraignment until another date to finalize the repayment.

Emeka Onyeaka, Nweke’s lawyer, informed the court that there was a new development in the case.

He informed the court that his client had taken steps to resolve the matter.

The lawyer said Nweke had repaid a substantial portion of the money the anti-graft agency had traced to him.

“The second defendant has taken action, as there is a communication to the commission via-a-vs. of the alleged infringements during a refund.

“The commission received the money and promised to communicate it to us,” he said.

The defense attorney said that after receiving notification of the charge, “we communicated with the commission, and we were asked to wait for their administrative procedure.”

He added that since a substantial amount had been repaid, if his client were taken to court, such action would have repercussions on the trial.

He asked the court to grant them an adjournment to take further steps in the administrative proceedings.

Maduakolam Igwe, who represented Nwabuoku, agreed with Onyeaka’s proposal.

Igwe said his client also took the same steps and a substantial amount was refunded.

“We have written to the commission about this. The first respondent has also made refunds.

“Can I adopt the submission of my learning friend to bring order to the administrative procedure?” he corroborated.

However, the lawyer representing the EFCC, Ogechi Ujam, admitted that although the commission received a proposal letter, she said: “No negotiation was done, no settlement was reached and no agreement was reached by the parties.