The plaintiffs, Barristers Osuagwu Ugochukwu and Ogboli Charles, filed the application in the Federal High Court, Abuja on June 29, 2009.
Obi was alleged to have authorised the movement of the sum of N250 million from Awka, the state capital, to Lagos on June 1, 2009.
The money was said to be seized by the Lagos State Police Command and that two Special Assistants to the governor, Valentine Obienyem and Benjamin Uba, who were detained along with two mobile police officers in the process, confessed that the money belonging to the government of Anambra State was meant for the payment of a contractor.
The applicants had earlier forwarded a petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) asking it to investigate the governor over the allegation.
Equally to defend themselves in the case are the EFCC and the Accountant-General of Anambra State. While the former was sued for not taking any action on the petition 23 days after the submission, the latter was sued for allegedly violating the Public Holidays Act, CAP 378, LFN, 1900 and allowing government business to be transacted on a Sunday.
Meanwhile, Obi was reported to have written to the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mike Okiro, to investigate a contractor allegedly arrested with a huge sum of money and firearms in Lagos last Sunday, describing the allegations as “a grand political conspiracy to smear my image in what rather was a straightforward contractual and business transaction”.
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