The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has placed Willie Obiano, the outgoing Governor of Anambra State, on a watchlist.
This was made known in a letter dated 15 November by the EFCC and addressed to the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS).
According to the letter, the anti-graft agency asked the NIS to place the governor on a watchlist and inform it anytime he is travelling out of the country from any of the International airports and other points of entry and exit.
It is not clear why the anti-graft agency placed the governor on security watch but sources said the move is an indication that the agency may have been discreetly investigating Obiano and possibly have intelligence that he plans to escape after he hands over power to his successor, Professor Charles Soludo, in March 2022.
The EFCC has, however, kept mute and not released a statement on the development.
Incumbent state governors are protected from criminal prosecution while in office as they enjoy immunity, according to the provisions of the 1999 constitution (as amended).
The 66-year-old Obiano was a former banker who joined politics in 2013.
He was subsequently elected governor of Anambra State on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) for two terms and will leave office on March 17, 2022.