The Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos has fixed November 9, 2021, for the re-arraignment of two lawyers, accused by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to have manipulated the 2018 Nigerian Bar Association Election that produced Mr. Paul Usoro, SAN, as NBA President.
The two lawyers to be re-arraigned before Justice Tijani Ringim are Sarah Ajibola and John Demide.
The two lawyers were previously arraigned before Justice Chuka Obiozor, who was transferred last year to another judicial division of the court.
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Ajibola and Demide have denied all allegations and have pleaded not guilty to a 14-count charge of conspiracy and cybercrime-related offences, contrary to Sections 27, 13, and 22 of the Cybercrime (Prohibition Prevention etc) Act, 2015.
The EFCC in a charge marked FHC/L/118c/2020, accused the defendants of manipulating about 1,004 eligible votes which gave Usoro victory over other contenders.
The EFCC’s prosecutor, Mrs. Bilikisu Bala, told the court that the defendants in August, 2018, conspired among themselves and altered the email addresses and phone numbers of about 1,004 eligible voters for the national elections of the NBA.
The two lawyers were alleged to have committed the act to favour the former NBA President, Mr. Paul Usoro, SAN, using a smoke model on IP address 126.96.36.199 to commit the electoral fraud.
Some of the voters’ names allegedly falsified by the two lawyers include Gabriel Oladipo with Supreme Court of Nigeria No. 043280, Uthman Oluwaseun with SCN No. 088449, David Anakor with SCN No. 015233; Chiagoziem Aninilu with SCN No. 114439, and Bankole Toyin with SCN no. 024643.
The defendants were represented by N. Oragwu, A. Abdulsalam and S. Soladoye.
Justice Ringim adjourned the matter till November 9, for the re-arraignment of the two lawyers.