SAN FRANCISCO, December 5, (THEWILL) – The President of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Mr. Paul Usoro (SAN) has been charged for helping Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel allegedly launder N1.4billion from the oil rich state’s treasury.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC is prosecuting the top lawyer, who is also from Akwa Ibom State, at the Federal High Court in Lagos.
Justice Muslim Hassan fixed December 10, 2018 for his arraignment, The Nation said in a news report Wednesday.
The report said Udom was not charged because of the immunity he enjoys as governor.
The anti-graft agency, in a charge marked FHC/418c/18, alleged that Usoro converted and laundered the money in connivance with the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel.
For others were listed as defendants – Nsikan Nkan, described as Commissioner for Finance, Akwa Ibom State; Mfon Udomah, described as the Accountant-General of Akwa Ibom State; Uwemedimo Nwoko, described as the Akwa Ibom State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice; and Margaret Ukpe, all of whom are said to be at large.
The commission alleged that Usoro, in connivance with the others mentioned, conspired to commit the offence “sometime in 2015 within the jurisdiction of this honourable court”.
THEWILL however gathered that Usoro is not in EFCC custody as he is actively involved in NBA affairs.