A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has granted a bench warrant for the arrest of four officials of the Akwa Ibom State government.
The affected officials are Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Akwa Ibom State, Uwemedimo Nwoko, the Commissioner of Finance, Nsikan Nkan, the Accountant General, Mfon Udomah and a Cashier of the State Govt, Margaret Ukpe.
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 four government officials are charged alongside the President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Paul Usoro on 10 counts of conspiracy and conversion of an alleged N1.4bn said to be property of the State Government, which sum they reasonably ought to have known formed part of the proceeds of unlawful activity.
The offense was allegedly committed in May 2016. Usoro has, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges and thereafter, admitted him to bail in the sum of N250 million with one surety in like sum.