Willie Obiano, the incumbent Governor of Anambra State, has been placed on a watchlist by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) ahead of the turnover of power in the state.
This was stated in a letter to the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Comptroller General dated November 15, 2021.
The EFCC has asked immigration to put Governor Obiano on a watchlist and notify it if he travels out of the country through any of the country’s international airports or other points of entrance and exit.
The reason for the governor’s inclusion on the watchlist is still unknown.
According to Channels Television, the directive indicates that the agency has been quietly probing the governor and may have information that he plans to flee after handing over office to his successor, Professor Charles Soludo, on March 16, 2022.
While in office, Nigerian governors are immune from criminal prosecution.
In other news, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited’s Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer has warned that fuel could cost N340 per liter in 2022, when the subsidy scheme for petroleum products expires in February 2022.
On Tuesday, November 23, the NNPC chairman mentioned this during the World Bank’s Nigeria Development Update, November 2021 edition, headlined “Time for Business Unusual.”
“There will be no provision for it legally in our system, but I am also sure you will appreciate that government has a bigger social responsibility to cater for the ordinary and therefore engage in a process that will ensure that we exit in the most subtle and easy manner.”he said
Fuel subsidy removal would be realized in 2022, according to Kyari, because it was now firmly backed by legislation, and the price of the commodity might vary between N320 and N340 per litre.
He explained that the increase in cooking gas costs was due to a demand and supply issue, since there was a global gas supply bottleneck, and many nations were now facing a scarcity of supplies in December.
He did say, though, that the corporation was attempting to increase local production in order to fulfill demand.