Thursday, 29 June 2017

Meet Ogungbeje, the lawyer defending notorious billionaire kidnapper, Evans


Just when Nigerians thought no lawyer will step out to defend notorious  billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike a.k.a. Evans,  Voice Olukoya Ogungbeje has proven an exception.


Ogungbeje who heads Lawflex Chambers ,  stepped out Wednesday.

He grabbed the headlines as he filed a fundamental rights suit on behalf of Evans, by dragging the Inspector General of Police, and three others before a Federal High Court in Lagos over Evans alleged illegal detention .


In his fundamental rights  the confessed kidnapper is seeking a court order directing the respondents to immediately charge him to court if there is any case against him.

He is in  the alternative, seeking an order, compelling the respondents to immediately release him unconditionally in the absence of any offence warranting a charged.

In the suit marked, FHC/L/CS/1012/2017, Evans is contending that his continued detention by the respondents since June 10, without a charge, or release on bail is an infringement on his fundamental rights.

Evans lawyer, who identified himself on Facebook as Voice Olukoya Ogungbeje had been involved in controversial cases in recent times.

In April, he filed a suit  asking  the Federal High Court to stay proceedings on the forfeiture of $43,449,947 (about N13billion), N23,218,000 and £27,800 (about N10.6 million) found in a flat in Ikoyi, Lagos.


He also sought an order directing the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to furnish the court with a report of its preliminary or final investigation on the source of the money, its owner, and how the currencies got into the building.

The case did not get anywhere as the money was later permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.

Ogungbeje also once filed a suit in Lagos in  2014 asking for the reinstatement of  Murtala Nyako as governor of Adamawa state. This was after Nyako was impeached by the state assembly in July of the same year and the speaker of the state assembly had taken over.

Again, the case hit the rocks.

NAN

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