The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday revealed why it sponsored a publication declaring the presidential candidate of the Hope Democratic Party (HDP), Ambrose Owuru, wanted.
When the case was brought up for hearing at the Federal High Court in Abuja, counsel to the EFCC, Ibrahim Audu, told the court that the commission published Owuru’s name because the HDP’s candidate failed to turn up for trial over a criminal case filed against him at a High Court in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
He stated that a court had issued a bench warrant for his arrest after realising that Owuru was evading trial in the charge the commission filed against him.
According to Audu, the charge against the politician bordered on obtaining money by false pretence.
“He was evading his trial and the High Court duly issued an arrest warrant against him. It was on the basis of the arrest warrant that the publication was made,” Audu said.
Ibrahim Audu was reacting to a suit filed by Owuru and the HDP against the anti-graft agency.
Owuru asked the court to restrain the commission from further making such publication.
After listening to both lawyers, Justice Evelyn Maha adjourned till October 7 for judgment.