A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the arrest of four officials of the Akwa Ibom State government.

Giving the ruling, Justice Rilwan Aikawa granted a bench warrant for the arrest of Uwemedimo Nwoko, the Akwa Ibom Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice; Nsikan Nkan, the state Commissioner of Finance; Mfon Udomah, the state Accountant General and Margaret Ukpe, a cashier of the state government.

The order for the arrest was moved by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on the premise that the defendants are at large.

The arrest order was, therefore, granted and they are expected to be present in court on March 18 and 19, 2019.

The government officials are charged alongside Paul Usoro, President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), on a 10-count charge bothering on alleged conspiracy and conversion of N1.4billion said to be property of the Akwa Ibom State government, in May 2016.

EFCC’s allegations against Usoro relate 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.

Usoro has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The NBA President was granted bail in the sum of N250million with one surety in like sum.

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