N500,000 fine awarded against Evans as his Lawyer loses court case

Reporting from NewsMakers

Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, aka Evans‘ counsel, Olukoya Ogungbeje has lost yet another case in court.

Ogungbeje was defeated on Friday, when Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court in Lagos dismissed two fundamental rights applications filed by him, NewsMakers reports.

Ogungbeje had reportedly filed the case on behalf of his clients, Messrs Chief Kenneth Chukwuemeka Ajoku and Chidinma Ozurumba, against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, but it was dismissed for lack of merit and for being frivolous.

In addition to the dismissed case, the two petitioners were awarded a fine of N500,000 by the judge in favour of EFCC and other respondents.

Other respondents in Ajoku’s suit are a Lagos-based lawyer, Mr. Taiwo Kupolati, Folorunsho Sholanke, Jide Olaleye, Abraham Ogunleye, Kolade Akinwunmi and Dr. Ishaku Danladi Msheliza.

The two petitioners, in suits marked FHC/L/CS/736/2017 and FHC/L/CS 803/2017, had urged the court to declare that the arrest and detention by the operatives and agents of EFCC on May 4, at the instigation of other respondents for taking up the brief of his client and without cause, was “illegal, wrongful, unlawful, and unconstitutional as it violates the applicant’s fundamental rights as guaranteed under sections 33, 34, 35 and 36 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

Responding to the suits, the EFCC, in two separate counter-affidavits deposed to by Ayodele Samuel and Makinde Adebayo, and argued before the court by Banjo James, urged the judge to refuse the applicants’ applications for being frivolous and lacking in merit.

Two weeks ago, Ogungbeje filed similar fundamental rights suit against police authorities in a bid to set Evans free, claiming that the police illegally detained the suspect who had made a series of televised confessions on how he had kidnapped his victims and kept them for as long as seven months until their families coughed out as much as $1m.

This comes despite all the criminal activities reportedly carried out by including the alleged death of 86-year-old father was killed by Evans and his gang after his son had paid a huge ransom.

1 comment:

  1. What was the lawyer thinking sef, over such a grievous offence...


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