Justice Rilwan Aikawa of the Federal Excessive Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos has adjourned the N1.four billion fraud trial of the President of the Nigerian Bar Affiliation NBA, Paul Usoro, SAN, to April 17, 2019.
Usoro was charged together with Nsikan Nkan, Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Finance; Mfon Udomah, Accountant-Normal of Akwa Ibom State; Uwemedimo Nwoko, Lawyer-Normal of Akwa Ibom State and Margaret Ukpe (who’re all at giant) on a 10-count cost bordering on cash laundering.
At at the moment’s sitting, March 18, 2019, the primary defendant, Usoro, in an software, sought an order of the courtroom directing the prosecution to serve on him a “summarized witness assertion of proof of these listed to give proof within the matter.”
Usoro’s co-defendants, by their counsel, Mike Ozekhome, SAN, need the courtroom to put aside the warrant of arrest issued in opposition to them. In one other software introduced by Dr. Charles Mekwunye, counsel to the governor of Akwa Ibom State, the applicant challenged the jurisdiction of the courtroom to proceed with the listening to of the fees.
Consequently, Justice Aikawa adjourned for listening to of the pending purposes. It will likely be recalled that Usoro was first arraigned earlier than Justice M.S. Hassan, who later opted out of the matter. The defendant had alleged that Justice Hassan can be biased, having been a former worker of the EFCC.
Usoro was, thereafter, re-arraigned earlier than Justice Aikawa on March 1, 2019.