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NBA President Says Gov Udom Paid Him N1.4bn For Legal Services -EFCC by LocalChamp: 1:45am On Dec 08, 2018
Published December 7, 2018
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says the president of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. Paul Usoro (SAN), told detectives during interrogation that the N1.4bn which was paid into his account by the Akwa Ibom State Government was for the tribunal case which Governor Udom Emmanuel won.

The EFCC said this in a statement by its acting spokesman, Mr. Tony Orilade, while reacting to a speech delivered by Usoro at the NBA’s National Executive Committee meeting, which held on Thursday.

Usoro, who is set to be arraigned by the EFCC, was said to have received “questionable funds” from the Akwa Ibom State Government.

The EFCC said, “Indeed, the EFCC had invited Usoro in June this year, to explain his role regarding the inflow of N300m from the Akwa Ibom State Government’s account into the account of Paul Usoro Chambers.

“Usoro was also questioned on the aggregate inflow of N1.1bn from the state government’s account into the bank account of his company.

“Under interrogation, Usoro had claimed that the various sums of money received from the Akwa Ibom State Government under the administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel, were payments for legal fees to him and other eminent members of the Inner Bar and a host of other members of the Outer Bar that he had engaged to work with him in respect of the election petition matter involving the governor.”

The commission said Usoro further stated that the payments were independent transactions and that the Akwa Ibom State Government’s payments-on-account were “in respect of my firm’s professional services to the state, while the payments to the senior counsel were made by me for and on behalf of Governor Udom Emmanuel, at his request.”

The anti-graft agency said rather than explain why he received such huge sums of money, Usoro raised the issue of “client-lawyer privilege,” arguing that “judicially and historically,” the “issues of fees, as between a lawyer and his client, is a matter of privilege.”

The commission said, contrary to Usoro’s claim that it was playing the role of auditor and regulator of legal fees, the EFCC has special powers to investigate suspicious financial transactions by virtue of Section 18 (d) of the EFCC Establishment Act 2004.

“From all intent and purposes, payment of over N1.4bn to Usoro from the accounts of Akwa Ibom State Government for unofficial transactions is nothing short of criminal diversion of public funds,” EFCC said.

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Re: NBA President Says Gov Udom Paid Him N1.4bn For Legal Services -EFCC by Heartbender: 2:53am On Dec 08, 2018
Since when did legal fees become "questionable funds" and subject to investigation? Na wa o

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Re: NBA President Says Gov Udom Paid Him N1.4bn For Legal Services -EFCC by NOC1(m): 3:05am On Dec 08, 2018
Heartbender:
Since when did legal fees become "questionable funds" and subject to investigation? Na wa o

If you are following American politics you will know that legal fees can be questioned. I am referencing the Mike Cohen's (Mr fix it) President Trump Lawyer who is undergoing interrogation over series of accusation including amounts been paid to him for Legal works.

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Re: NBA President Says Gov Udom Paid Him N1.4bn For Legal Services -EFCC by nelcliff(m): 3:32am On Dec 08, 2018
NOC1:


If you are following American politics you will know that legal fees can be questioned. I am referencing the Mike Cohen's (Mr fix it) President Trump Lawyer who is undergoing interrogation over series of accusation including amounts been paid to him for Legal works.

Someone asked question in Nigeria. Just before I even glance again I sighted America.. Bros can u compare America with Nigeria in anything?
Do you remember how old is America?

Let me power up my 3D screen so I can see very well.. Because I know say #WE DIE HERE.

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Re: NBA President Says Gov Udom Paid Him N1.4bn For Legal Services -EFCC by Nobody: 4:35am On Dec 08, 2018
Nigeria is doomed-so Akwa Ibom spent $5 million dollars(N1.4 billion naira) of state allocation to defend Udom?
Queen Elizabeth why did you give us independence.

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Re: NBA President Says Gov Udom Paid Him N1.4bn For Legal Services -EFCC by Nobody: 4:45am On Dec 08, 2018
Front page Lalastiscala
Re: NBA President Says Gov Udom Paid Him N1.4bn For Legal Services -EFCC by sluk(m): 4:49am On Dec 08, 2018
So Udom could spend this much to defend a seat he doesn't deserve? Meanwhile civil servants are suffering and he keeps telling them there's no money.

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Re: NBA President Says Gov Udom Paid Him N1.4bn For Legal Services -EFCC by chinjo(m): 4:51am On Dec 08, 2018
And when has payment for legal services become a crime? They tried this with Mike Ozekhome and Fayose. They went to court and disgrased EFCC

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Re: NBA President Says Gov Udom Paid Him N1.4bn For Legal Services -EFCC by Afonjas: 5:51am On Dec 08, 2018
PRESIDENT BUHARI IS A THIEF

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Re: NBA President Says Gov Udom Paid Him N1.4bn For Legal Services -EFCC by BE811APP: 5:53am On Dec 08, 2018
Billion shocked shocked shocked

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Re: NBA President Says Gov Udom Paid Him N1.4bn For Legal Services -EFCC by Abfinest007(m): 5:53am On Dec 08, 2018
apc at it again.alway lookin for way to oppress states not under eir control

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Re: NBA President Says Gov Udom Paid Him N1.4bn For Legal Services -EFCC by Ubiudumo(m): 5:53am On Dec 08, 2018
Absolute hogwash.
Re: NBA President Says Gov Udom Paid Him N1.4bn For Legal Services -EFCC by Whothecapfits: 5:54am On Dec 08, 2018
Ok
Re: NBA President Says Gov Udom Paid Him N1.4bn For Legal Services -EFCC by SOLUTION99(m): 5:55am On Dec 08, 2018
UDOM NA YOUR TURN
Re: NBA President Says Gov Udom Paid Him N1.4bn For Legal Services -EFCC by nickxtra(m): 5:56am On Dec 08, 2018
Heartbender:
Since when did legal fees become "questionable funds" and subject to investigation? Na wa o
Paying money from public fund for a private legal service? Make una dey read before commenting

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Re: NBA President Says Gov Udom Paid Him N1.4bn For Legal Services -EFCC by sureheaven(m): 5:57am On Dec 08, 2018
Only politicians can pay such huge amount of money.

No business man can afford such.

Politicians are the very reason behind high cost of everything in Nigeria.

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Re: NBA President Says Gov Udom Paid Him N1.4bn For Legal Services -EFCC by nickxtra(m): 5:57am On Dec 08, 2018
chinjo:
And when has payment for legal services become a crime? They tried this with Mike Ozekhome and Fayose. They went to court and disgrased EFCC
From public fund to pay for a private and personal legal service? Haba Mallam!!!!

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Re: NBA President Says Gov Udom Paid Him N1.4bn For Legal Services -EFCC by surgical: 5:58am On Dec 08, 2018
Heartbender:
Since when did legal fees become "questionable funds" and subject to investigation? Na wa o
the clear ganduje case he will not investage but now using tourchlight to look for something to pin on the opposition, this magu is a mugu

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Re: NBA President Says Gov Udom Paid Him N1.4bn For Legal Services -EFCC by Lexusgs430: 5:58am On Dec 08, 2018
Share of national cake and wash wash.....
Re: NBA President Says Gov Udom Paid Him N1.4bn For Legal Services -EFCC by Hedonini: 5:58am On Dec 08, 2018
What's the big deal? Can the dead Buhari or his living surrogate tell us how much he paid to the 16 SANs that cracked their old brains to defend Buhari's nonexistent WASC Certificate?

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Re: NBA President Says Gov Udom Paid Him N1.4bn For Legal Services -EFCC by amaniro: 5:59am On Dec 08, 2018
Una gudu morning ooocheesy
Re: NBA President Says Gov Udom Paid Him N1.4bn For Legal Services -EFCC by sureheaven(m): 6:00am On Dec 08, 2018
Someone asked question in Nigeria. Just before I even glance again I sighted America.. Bros can u compare America with Nigeria in anything?
Do you remember how old is America?

Let me power up my 3D screen so I can see very well.. Because I know say #WE DIE HERE.


And u wake up everyday to accuse buhari of high cost of high cost of living and hardship. shocked

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Re: NBA President Says Gov Udom Paid Him N1.4bn For Legal Services -EFCC by jomoh: 6:01am On Dec 08, 2018
Heartbender:
Since when did legal fees become "questionable funds" and subject to investigation? Na wa o

It becomes questionable and criminal when the state funds is being used to defend the governor(an individual).

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Re: NBA President Says Gov Udom Paid Him N1.4bn For Legal Services -EFCC by gratiaeo(m): 6:01am On Dec 08, 2018
What happen to Ganduje bribe allegation?

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Re: NBA President Says Gov Udom Paid Him N1.4bn For Legal Services -EFCC by Quality20(m): 6:02am On Dec 08, 2018
Seems like lawyers and judges are d corrupt and spoilt set of professionals

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Re: NBA President Says Gov Udom Paid Him N1.4bn For Legal Services -EFCC by gratiaeo(m): 6:03am On Dec 08, 2018
NOC1:


If you are following American politics you will know that legal fees can be questioned. I am referencing the Mike Cohen's (Mr fix it) President Trump Lawyer who is undergoing interrogation over series of accusation including amounts been paid to him for Legal works.

If it's in America would Ganduje still occupy government seat.

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Re: NBA President Says Gov Udom Paid Him N1.4bn For Legal Services -EFCC by seunmsg(m): 6:05am On Dec 08, 2018
Heartbender:
Since when did legal fees become "questionable funds" and subject to investigation? Na wa o
what nonsense are you saying? What nonsense legal services did Usoro rendered to the state that he was paid N1.4 billion? Is there no ministry of justice in the state again to handle legal matters?

Did you also read Usoro’s statement yesterday where he admitted the money was transferred to some people immediately it was paid into his chambers account? This is money laundering at the highest level and EFCC must thoroughly investigate the matter and prosecute Paul Usoro and all officials of Akwa Ibom state government that are involved.

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Re: NBA President Says Gov Udom Paid Him N1.4bn For Legal Services -EFCC by ipobarethieves: 6:05am On Dec 08, 2018
sad shocked sad Tonyebarcanista oooo! 1.4 bila legal kudi for just one man wen sum Akwa ibom pipu dey sufa .In fact,wish we have South Korea/Indonesia president here..Chai!

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Re: NBA President Says Gov Udom Paid Him N1.4bn For Legal Services -EFCC by femilowo(m): 6:06am On Dec 08, 2018
Haba Gov!!! Why would u pay with tax payers money?

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Re: NBA President Says Gov Udom Paid Him N1.4bn For Legal Services -EFCC by prigoz(m): 6:07am On Dec 08, 2018
Must EFCC display their ignorance in public domain. When does client fees turns to offence, if this joins APC, he will become saint over night

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