Unic Press UK: The President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Paul Usoro has reacted apropos to the news of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) instituting a money laundering charge, saying he has yet to be served any writ of summons.
In his address during the NBA National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held at the NBA secretariat, Abuja, Thursday, the December 6, 2018, Usoro, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria said:
“. . .it is perhaps only right that I address the orchestrated social and online media reports of the last 24 hours in regard to my allegedly being charged to court for money laundering offences by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (“EFCC”). I have not been served with any such charge neither have I been arraigned before any court on any such charge or at all. It is however correct that I have been questioned by the EFCC in the last several months in respect of fees that my Firm had been paid by Akwa Ibom State Government (“AKSG”) between 2015 and 2016 and also fees that Governor Udom Emmanuel, the Governor of Akwa Ibom State had paid to me for the benefit of Counsel that worked on his Election Petition Appeal that was decided by the Supreme Court early in 2016.”
There are reports in the local media that Usoro, who was elected 2018 as president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) will be docked on Monday by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) for alleged money laundering and fraud to the tune of ₦1.4 billion (£3,034,490)