Why I Wanted To Leave Nigeria Quickly After Handing Over To Soludo – Obiano

Obiano has spoken on his purported absconding from Nigeria before EFCC arrest

Willie Obiano, the immediate past governor of Anambra State, has shed light on his recent ordeal with the economic and financial crimes commission (EFCC)

Recall that EFCC arrested Obiano last while trying to leave the country after handing over to his successor, Chukwuma Soludo.

There are claims that the embattled former governor wanted to leave the country to evade investigation into alleged corruption and financial impropriety during his time in office.

Why I Wanted To Leave Nigeria Quickly After Handing Over To Soludo – Obiano

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Speaking on why he was in a hurry to leave the country, Obiano said he had a medical appointment in the United States, adding that his rush to meet up was responsible for the swiftness with which he wanted to leave the country.

Obiano who spoke through his lawyer, Patrick Ikwueto, said he was rushing to the US to treat a “semi fatal condition.”

He stressed that he was not running away from the country.

However, Ikwueto said: “He was not running away. Why will he run away when his family is here and he has a lot to do here? The fact is that Obiano has a medical condition for which he had a prior appointment to see his Specialist Doctor for treatment at Spring Creek Urology Specialists L.L.C., Houston, Texas, U.S.A.

“By the nature of his ailment, he has been undergoing treatment at the said Specialist Hospital since June 2021 and had an appointment earlier scheduled for the final stage of Specialist Radiography for eight (8) weeks – which will take place immediately upon his arrival at the Facility in Houston, Texas, U.S.A.; and thereafter, after four days. Subsequent treatments are scheduled every day for a period of eight (8) weeks.”, Patrick Ikwueto told PremiumTimes

He was, however, released by the anti-graft agency after meeting his bail conditions last week.