By Innocent Anaba
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday, adjourned till April 17, 2019, the trial of President of Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Mr Paul Usoro, SAN, and hearing of three pending applications in the matter.
The trial judge in the matter is Justice Rilwan Aikawa.
The first application is a motion on notice brought by Usoro, seeking for an order of the court, directing the complainant to serve him a summarised witness statement of evidence of those listed to give evidence in the matter.
The other application is by Attorney-General of Akwa Ibom State, Uwemedimo Nwoko, and three others, who through their counsel, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, are praying the court to set aside the bench warrant issued against them.
The third application was brought by counsel to the governor of Akwa Ibom State, Dr. Charles Mekwunye, challenging the jurisdiction of the court to proceed with the hearing of the charge.
It will be recalled that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had slammed an N1.4 billion money laundering charge against the NBA President and others before Justice Muslim Hassan who recused himself from the matter for being a former prosecutor with the anti-graft agency.