Justice Chuka Obiozor of a Federal High Court in Lagos has recused himself from trying the N1.8billion criminal charge preferred against Paul Usoro, the President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).

In December 2018, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had filed a 10-count charge against Usoro, over allegations relating to converting to personal use, concealing the source of, disguising the origin of and retaining in his account sums of money to the tune of billions of Naira belonging to the Akwa Ibom State government. See Also Exclusive DETAILS: EFCC’s 10-Count Corruption Charge Against NBA President Usoro

However, at the resumed sitting on Thursday, the NBA President could not be arraigned as the judge claimed he could not handle the trial for personal reasons.

He said: "For personal reasons, I hereby disqualify myself from handling the case. I hereby return this file back to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court for reassignment."

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