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  Court Adjourns Usoro’s Case To Dec 18 For Arraignment

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The Federal High Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos, has adjourned the case involving the president of Nigerian Bar Association [NBA], Mr. Paul Usoro [SAN], till 18th December, 2018, for arraignment.

ElombahNews had reported that Usoro arrived the Federal High Court in Lagos for his scheduled arraignment on money laundering charges.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC] accused Usoro of converting and laundering a sum of N1.4 billion belonging to the Akwa Ibom State Government.

After court, EFCC called Usoro up to take him away to serve the charge sheet but some SANs intervened and said EFCC’s should not carry him.

Thereafter they agreed that Usoro should drive behind EFCC’s car to their office to collect the charge sheet.

EFCC had waited for Usoro since Friday to collect the charge sheet but Usoro kept giving excuse.

The NBA Ikeja Branch Chairman was not seen there but the NBA Ikorodu, Lagos, and Badagry branches chairmen and some members were in and around the court.

Summarily, it was Chief Wole Olanipekun [SAN] who is officially the lead counsel for the defendant —Usoro and not Ricky Tarfa as speculated in the previous report.

Chief Olanipekun led a host of SANs and several other lawyers.

Chief Olanipekun made a plea that the Court should direct the EFCC to serve the charge on the President in court as both the President and EFCC’s prosecutor were in court.

The court did not make that order but adjourned the matter.

Immediately on coming out of the court, EFCC operatives stationed in the court premises ordered the embattled NBA President to follow them to their office.

According to a report sent in by our correspondent, Prince Charles Dickson, he said:

“We are at the EFCC now. The President is just kept waiting in the EFCC office.

“They have not served him.”

UPDATE From Our Reporter:

“Paul Usoro SAN was at the Federal High Court. Chief Olanipekun led a host of SANs and several other lawyers.

“Chief Olanipekun, SAN made a plea that the Court should direct the EFCC to serve the charge on the President in court as both the President and EFCC’s prosecutor were in court.

“The court did not make that order but adjourned the matter. Immediately we came out of court, EFCC operatives stationed in the court premises ordered the President to follow them to their office.

“We are at the EFCC now. The President has been kept waiting in the EFCC office. They have not served him.”


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