The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned one
Dr. Nkereuwem Akpan Etok before Justice A. A. Okeke of the Federal High
Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, on a 5-count charge bordering on
abuse of office and money laundering.
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The accused who
doubles as the Director and Project Manager of Akwa Ibom State Agency
for Control of AIDS, was arrested on Thursday, May 23, 2019, following
series of reports of how he embezzled N30m (Thirty Million Naira),
released to his agency in 2018, by the office of the Secretary to the
State Government, SSG, Akwa Ibom State, for outreach, sensitization, HIV
testing/counselling and purchase of screening and confirmatory test tie
breaker.
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Investigations into the matter revealed that the
accused used less than N6, 000, 000 for the purpose for which the N30,
000, 000 was released and diverted the rest of the funds for personal
purposes.
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One of the counts against the accused reads,
“That you Dr. Nkereuwem Akpan Etok between 26th and 28th November, 2018
at Uyo within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, while being
Director and Project Supervisor of Akwa Ibom State Agency for the
Control of AIDS did convert a total sum of N24,700,200.00 (Twenty-four
million, seven hundred thousand, two hundred naira only) knowing that
the said fund is a proceed of your unlawful act and thereby committed an
offence contrary to Section 15 (2) (a) of the Money Laundering
(Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended)”.
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He pleaded not guilty to the 5 counts.
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In
view of his plea, the prosecuting counsel, Adebayo Soares, prayed the
court to remand the accused in prison and fix a date for trial.
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The court then adjourned to October 16 and 17, 2019, and also ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody.
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Similarly,
Justice Okeke remanded two others, Ekerette Emmanuel and Christopher
Uko Ebong, for dealing in petroleum products without licence.

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