A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Jabi, Abuja has issued an arrest warrant against the Deputy Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Amarachi Chyna Iwuanyanwu, over his alleged involvement in a N75million fraud.
Justice Charles Agbaza, in a ruling on Thursday, directed the Commander of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) headquarters, Abuja to execute the arrest warrant.
Justice Agabza issued the orders following Iwuanyanwu’s failure to appear in court to answer to the four-count charge filed against him by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP).
In the charge marked: CR/230/201, Iwuanyanwu and a firm, Sungold Estate Ltd were alleged to have defrauded Wanogan Farm Ltd to the tune of N75m by allegely making dishonest and fraudulent claims in respect of a property known as “Heroes Place, Plot 145 Adetokunbo Ademola Crescebt, Wuse 2, Abuja.
At the mention of the case on Thursday, Iwuanyanwu was absent in court. But, his lawyer, Nabal Ominigbo apologised for his absence.
Ominigbo, who claimed that his client was suffering from some health challenges, was unable to present any medical report to support his claim when the judge requested for one.
Angered by Ominigbo’s inability to support his claim with material evidence, Justice Agbaza note the the defendant was acting as if he was above the law having ben served with hearing notices on three occasions, and yet he failed to attend court.
In his submission, prosecuting lawyer, Umoh Inah Inah recalled that following Iwuanyanwu’s absence on the last date, the court issued a bench warrant against the defendant, who was later arrested at the Owerri airport by Inspector Godwin Tanko of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT).
Inah said the intervention of security personnel attended to Imo State Government House frustrated the defendant’s arrest and movement to Abuja for the purpose of his being arraigned.