A group of lawyers under the aegis of ‘Lawyers for Justice’, wrote a petition to the EFCC against former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Austin Alegeh (SAN) accusing him of misappropriation of funds and money laundering among other corrupt offences.
For instance, the petitioners alleged that Alegeh told the NBA at the Annual General Meeting that he left N200million in the association’s account meanwhile the new officers only found N20million.
Contents of the petition, according to Sahara report:
“It is a matter of general knowledge amongst lawyers that Mr. Augustine Alegeh (SAN) spent a humongous sum of money prosecuting his campaign for the office of the President of the Nigerian Bar Association 2014, which he eventually won in July 2014 against four others, and which would naturally have depleted his resources.
“He appears to have stupendously, illegally recouped his pocket, as President who abused the office of the NBA President. “Against ethical and lawful conduct, he retained his position as Chairman/CEO of Tratrix Engineering Limited during his NBA Presidency from August 2014 – August 2016. Mr. Alegeh sought and received colossal sums as donations for the building project. It remains to be investigated suspicious activities of diversion of funds by Mr. Augustine Alegeh (SAN) for personal use.”
“The Annual General Conference, Port Harcourt, which concluded on Friday, August 26th 2016, was dubbed by some senior lawyers as “a scam and a sham.” Despite large sums of money, it generated little value. At the conference, not only did many lawyers not receive conference bags, others got very low-quality bags without conference programs, papers, and proceedings. The Annual Reports 2016, which included NBA Treasurer and General Secretary’s reports, were scarcely distributed to NBA members.”
“Not being prepared to render a satisfactory account of the association’s funds and donations, investigations into those activities bordering on illegality and criminality ought to be uncovered by our law enforcement agents with a view to bringing culprits to book.”