Bribery/Corruption: EFCC Arrest NBA President, Paul Usoro
The president of the Nigerian Bar Association [NBA], Mr. Paul Usoro [SAN] has been arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ([EFCC] on Tuesday.
Mr. Usoro was arrested two days before his first National Executive Council [NEC] meeting as the NBA president billed to hold on December 6.
ElombahNews gathered that his arrest is related to multiple corruption allegations and money laundering.
The alleged laundering was carried out in partnership with some government officials of the Akwa Ibom State government including the state governor, Mr. Emmanuel Udom.
Others are the Accountant General of the state, Uwem Sunday Andrew-Essien, Commissioner of Finance, Nsikan Linus Nkan, one Margeret Thompson Ukpe and Paul Usoro with his law firm.
According to EFCC, Usoro connived with some government officials and stole the sum of N1.7 billion belonging to the Akwa Ibom State government.
He was, however, released on bail and has been charged to court.
Besides the corruption allegations, Usoro is also accused of rigging the NBA election that brought him to power
His opponents alleged that the election was characterized by massive vote buying, vote capture, rigging, hacking of electorates’ emails, and a skewed process”.
Besides the Akwa Ibom case, bribery allegation has been levelled against Usoro after he was indicted of bribing two judges.
Consequently, , the National Judicial Council (NJC) had asked President Muhammadu Buhari to dismiss the two judges after they were investigated and found to be guilty of bribery and corruption allegations.
The two affected judges are Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia of the Federal High Court and James Agbadu-Fishim of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria.
Recently, ElombahNews reported that senior members of NBA embarked on moves to remove Usoro as NBA president over the bribery and corruption allegations brought against him by EFCC.
The report said in part:
“NBA National Executive Committee (NEC) said the move to remove Usoro arose “out of his money laundering charges” proffered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC].
“NBA-NEC informed that he is being investigated for possible prosecution by EFCC over allegations of money laundering activities.
“Usoro allegedly connived with State actors to collect monies from Akwa Ibom State Government coffers in the total sum of One Billion, Four Hundred Million Naira in suspicious and fraudulent transactions.”
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