The Deputy Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Amarachi Chyna Iwuanyanwu, has been cleared of any involvement in a N75 million fraud.
Naija News reports that Iwuanyanwu was cleared of all fraud charges by Justice Charles Agbaza of the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja on Thursday.
The presiding judge struck out a criminal charge brought against the Deputy Speaker upon the request of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba.
Baba, who filed a four-counts charge against Iwuanyanwu, brought a motion on notice to the court requesting that the charges be terminated.
In the motion argued by his counsel, Umoh Inah, the police chief asked the court to throw away the charges in the interest of justice.
The motion was not opposed by Chief Chris Uche (SAN), who represented the deputy speaker.
Consequently, the presiding judge ruled that the charges be immediately terminated and acquitted Iwuanyanwu.
Recall that Justice Agbaza had issued an arrest warrant against the lawmaker over his failure to appear in court to disclose his involvement in the fraud case.
In a ruling on December 16, 2021, the judge had directed the Commander of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) headquarters, Abuja to execute the arrest warrant.
Iwuanyanwu and a firm, Sungold Estate Ltd were alleged to have defrauded Wanogan Farm Ltd to the tune of N75m by making dishonest and fraudulent claims in respect of a property known as “Heroes Place, Plot 145 Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja.
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