The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has filed a N1.4 billion suit against Paul Usoro, president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).
In the suit filed at a federal high court in Lagos, the anti-graft agency alleged that Usoro laundered the money in connivance with Udom Emmanuel, Akwa Ibom state governor.
Rotimi Oyedepo, counsel to EFCC, said the offence was committed sometime in 2015 and that the N1.4bn belonged to the state government.
He added that the offence was contrary to section 18 (a) of the money laundering (prohibition) act, 2011 and punishable under section 15(3) of the same act.
Oyedepo, however, indicated that Udom is immune against criminal prosecution, hence he wasn’t listed in the charge sheet as a defendant.
Other defendants in the suit include officials of the state; Nsikan Nkan, commissioner for finance; Mfon Udomah, accountant-general; Uwemedimo Nwoko, attorney-general, and Margaret Ukpe, commissioner for justice.
Muslim Hassan, the presiding judge, has fixed December 10 for the anti-corruption agency to arraign Usoro and other defendants.
Usoro, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), was elected president of NBA in August.