The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on February 18, 2021
closed its case against a former President of the Nigerian Bar
Association, NBA, Paul Usoro, SAN who is standing trial before Justice
Rilwan Aikawa of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos for an alleged
The EFCC charged Usoro with a 10-count charge bordering on money
He was first arraigned on December 18, 2018 before Justice Muslim Hassan
of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos and was later re-arraigned on
March 1, 2019 before Justice Aikawa.
One of the counts reads: “That you, Paul Usoro, SAN, Emmanuel Udom
(currently constitutionally immune against criminal prosecution),
Uwemedimo Thomas Nwoko (still at large), Nsikan Linus Nkan, Commissioner
of Finance, Akwa Ibom State (still at large), Mfon Jacobson Udomah,
Accountant-General, Akwa Ibom State (still at large) and Margaret
Thompson Ukpe (still at large), sometime in 2015 in Nigeria, within the
jurisdiction of this Honourable court, conspired amongst yourselves to
commit an offence, to wit: conversion of the sum of N1,410,000,000.00
(One Billion, Four Hundred and Ten Million Naira), property of the
Government of Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria, which sum you reasonably ought
to have known forms part of the proceeds of an unlawful activity to wit:
criminal breach of trust and thereby committed an offence contrary to
Section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 as amended
and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act.”
He pleaded “not guilty” to the charge preferred against him.
At Thursday’s sitting, prosecuting counsel, Uduak Kufre after presenting
the last witness, told the Court that the prosecution was pleased with
the evidence it has presented before the Court against the defendant.
Responding, lead defence counsel, Effiong O. Effiong, SAN, informed the
court of the defendant’s intention to file a no-case submission.
Justice Aikawa, thereafter, adjourned till March 12, 2021 for adoption
of the no-case submission.