How Governor Udom Spent N1.four Billion State Funds On Election Petition


Udom Emmanuel

The Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel has been accused of diverting state funds.

The Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee has informed the Federal Excessive Courtroom in Lagos that Udom Emmanuel spent state funds to rent many Senior Advocates of Nigeria to symbolize him on the election tribunal the place his electoral victory as governor was being challenged in 2015.

An investigating officer of the EFCC, Abdulraman Arabo, informed the court docket that the governor employed the immediate-past President of the Nigerian Bar Affiliation, Mr Paul Usoro (SAN), who, in flip, invited different SANs to affix him, and that the N1.4bn authorized charge paid to the SANs was drawn from the treasury of the Akwa Ibom State’s account.

Arabo mentioned this on the resumed cash laundering trial of Usoro earlier than Justice Rilwan Aikawa on Thursday. Usoro is dealing with amended six counts of cash laundering.

Additionally named as defendants within the case are the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Finance, Nsikan Nkan; the state’s Accountant Normal, Mfon Udomah; the Lawyer Normal and Commissioner for Justice, Uwemedimo Nwoko; and the cashier on the Akwa Ibom State Authorities Home, Margaret Ukpe.

On the Thursday continuing, the prosecuting counsel for the EFCC, Usman Buhari, via the investigator, Rabo, tendered Usoro’s Entry Checking account bundle as an exhibit earlier than the choose.

The prosecution additionally tendered the statements made to the EFCC by the SANs, whom Usoro invited to affix him to deal with Emmanuel’s election petition. The court docket admitted the statements as reveals.

Fielding questions from the prosecutor, the investigator mentioned after being paid authorized charge from the Akwa Ibom State treasury, Usoro gave again N55m to the state’s Lawyer Normal.

Below cross-examination, Usoro’s lawyer, Offiong Offiong (SAN), requested the investigator, “Throughout your investigation, did you see that the cash in difficulty was for authorized charges of the service rendered to Governor Udom?”

Responding, the investigator mentioned, “It’s a cost constituted of authorities treasury for private election tribunal pursuit of the governor.”

When Offiong identified to the investigator that his kick-back declare towards Usoro was “scandalous”, the investigator mentioned, “My Lord, what I mentioned in my evidence-in-chief was that this defendant (Usoro) lodged the sum of N55m into the account of Akwa Ibom State Authorities Lawyer Normal and Commissioner for Justice, Dr Uwemedimo Nwoko.”

Justice Aikawa adjourned until January 18-20, 2021 for additional proceedings.

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