Ex Accountant-General of the Federation, pledges refund of N1.6billion

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The ex Accountant General of the Federation, Anamekwe Nwabuoku has pleaded with Justice James Omotoso of the Federal High Court in Abuja to give him more time to conclude the refund of the public funds allegedly looted by him and his co-defendant.

Nwabuoku and his co-defendant, Felix Nweke, are facing 11 counts of money laundering to the tune of N1.6billion.
They are being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The defendants were accused of committing to the act while Nwabuoku served as the Director of Finance and Accounts in the Ministry of Defence between 2019 and 2021.
While Nwabuoku is the first defendant, Nweke is the second defendant in the charge marked FHC/ABJ/CR/240/24 dated May 20 and filed on May 27 by EFCC counsel, Ekele Iheanacho.
Nwabuoku was appointed acting AGoF on May 20, 2022, under ex-President Muhammadu Buhari after Ahmed Idris was suspended as AGF over alleged N80billion fraud.
He was, however, removed in July 2022, a few weeks after assuming office.
When the matter was called on Wednesday, the defendants prayed the court to halt their arraignment until another date to perfect the refund.
Nweke’s lawyer, Emeka Onyeaka, informed the court that there was a new development in the case.
He told the court that his client had taken steps towards settling the matter.
The lawyer said Nweke had made substantial refunds of the money traced to him by the anti-graft agency.

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