Alleged Money Laundering: Court Adjourns Usoro’s Trial Till April 17

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A Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos presided over by Justice Rilwan Aikawa on today adjourned the trial of the  President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Mr , Paul Usoro (SAN) till April 17, 2019 for hearing of three pending applications.

The applications are a Motion On Notice brought by Usoro pursuant to Section 36 (6)(B) (D) of the 1999 Constitution and Section 379 (1) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), seeking for an order of the court, directing the complainant to serve on him a summarised witness statement of evidence of those listed to give evidence in the matter.

The other application was brought by the Attorney General, AG, of Akwa Ibom State, Uwemedimo Nwoko, and three others.

The applications filed by Mike Ozekhome (SAN) on their behalf of the defendants pray the court to set aside the bench warrant issued against them.

The third application was brought by counsel to the governor of Akwa Ibom State, Dr. Charles Mekwunye, challenging the jurisdiction of the court to proceed with the charge.

It would be recalled that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had slammed a N1.4 billion money laundering charge against the NBA President and others before Justice Muslim Hassan who later recused himself from the matter for being a former prosecutor with the anti-graft agency.

Consequently, Usoro was re-arraigned before Justice Aikawa on March 1, 2019.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge and had consistently maintained that the funds received from the Akwa Ubom State Government were his professional fees.

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