Court Orders Arrest Of A’Ibom A-G, Finance Commissioner, 2 Ors

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Uwemdimo Nwoko
Uwemdimo Nwoko

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the arrest of Uwemedimo Nwoko, Akwa Ibom Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice and Nsikan Nkan, the state Commissioner for Finance and two other persons over alleged money laundering charge.

Other officials of the Akwa Ibom State government to be arrested are Mfon Udomah, the state Accountant-General and Margaret Ukpe, a cashier of the state government.

Justice Rilwan Aikawa granted a bench warrant on Friday for the arrest which was moved by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on the premise that the defendants are at large.

As such, the officials are expected to be present in court on March 18 and 19, 2019.

The government officials are charged alongside Paul Usoro, President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), on a 10-count charge bordering on alleged conspiracy and conversion of N1.4 billion said to be property of the Akwa Ibom State government in May 2016.

EFCC’s allegations against Usoro relate to converting to personal use, concealing the source of, disguising the origin of and retaining in his account sums of money to the tune of billions of naira belonging to the Akwa Ibom State government.

Usoro pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The NBA President was granted bail in the sum of N250 million with one surety in like sum.

 

Linus Nkan
Linus Nkan