The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has finally slammed fraud charges against the Akwa Ibom governor, Emmanuel Udom, and several members of his cabinet.
Mr Udom was charged in a case involving the president of the Nigeria Bar Association, Paul Usoro.
The governor is however currently covered by constitutional immunity.
Mr Usoro pleaded not guilty in a Federal High Court Lagos to charges bordering on N1.4 billion fraud, the News Agency of Nigeria reported.
The EFCC preferred a 10-count charge against Mr Usoro, in a case before Justice Muslim Hassan.
Also named in the charge is the incumbent governor of Akwa Ibom, Mr Udom, who is described in the charge as being “currently constitutionally immune from prosecution”.
Others charged are: The Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Finance, Nsikan Nkan; Accountant-General of the state, Mfon Udomah; state Attorney-General, Uwemedimo Nwoko, and Margaret Ukpe.
The cabinet members are said to be at large.
In the charge marked FHC/418c/18, the antigraft agency alleged that Mr Usoro committed the offence on May 14, 2016.
It alleged that Mr Usoro conspired with others to criminally convert a N1.4 billion property of Akwa Ibom government…