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BREAKING: Alleged N1.4b fraud: Judge’s absence in NBA President’s trial

The Preliminary of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) President Paul Usoro (SAN) for claimed N1.4 billion extortion couldn't continue yesterday because of the judge's nonappearance.

The preliminary, holding before Justice Mohammed Aikawa, has been dismissed till February 11, 2020.

Usoro is being arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a 10-check charge.

The attorney was first charged before Justice Muslim Hassan in December 2018, and he argued not blameworthy.

The case was re-alloted to Justice Aikawa not long after and Usoro kept up his request and was allowed bail.

Likewise referenced in the charge is Akwa Ibom State Governor Emmanuel Udom, who was depicted as being "at present naturally invulnerable from arraignment".

Others named in it are: Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Finance, Nsikan Nkan; Accountant-General of Akwa Ibom State, Mfon Udomah; Akwa Ibom Attorney-General, Uwemedimo Nwoko and Margaret Ukpe.

The previously mentioned names were depicted in the charge as being on the run. In the charge, the counter join organization claimed that the respondent submitted the offense on May 14, 2016.

Usoro was claimed to have schemed with others to submit the offense inside the locale of the court.

The EFCC guaranteed that the N1.4 billion had a place with the Akwa Ibom State government.

The litigant was claimed to have schemed to change over the cash, which he sensibly should have known shaped piece of the returns of an unlawful action. The EFCC said the unlawful action incorporates criminal break of trust, which negates the arrangements of areas 15 (2), 15(3), and 18 (An) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011.

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