A video showing a former Governor of Anambra state, Chief Willie Obiano inside what appears to be an Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) detention facility has been shared online.
In the said video, Chief Obiano was looking calm and relaxed in a casual t-shirt and shorts, as he sipped from a bottle of water with his leg crossed having a discussion with his former Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief Protocol Officer, Uzu Okagbue.
Chief Obiano who was arrested by the anti-graft agency on Thursday, 17th March, 2022 at the Murtala Muhammed International airport, Lagos while trying to board a flight to Houston to keep his Doctors’ appointments has been in EFCC detention since then. He was transferred to Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city the next day for interrogation.
However, there have been concerns that Chief Obiano’s detention is politically motivated, and an act of witch-hunting. Former Anambra Central Senator, and former national Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Umeh, had in a media chat at the 80th birthday celebration of Prof. Uzodinma Iweala in Enugu over the weekend said;
“Arrest of Obiano is not new in Nigeria. Most governors, when they leave office, EFCC will swarm on them. He must be given the right to be heard. We don’t know why they arrested him. But I’m sure when they listen to him, he will be able to defend himself.
“One thing I keep telling people is that former governor, Obiano did wonderfully well with Anambra money. He used our money well to the displeasure of those in the opposition. They don’t want to accept it.
“A governor who built an international airport, got it commissioned and working. Planes are coming in there and going and you are still looking for your money. He also built an international conference centre. All these projects he didn’t build with sand.
“Apart from meeting the other obligations of running the government, meeting the needs of the people, paying workers salaries, he did so much for Anambra State. That is why we have to be calm to allow the EFCC to finish their job. But I’m confident that Obiano will defend himself”.