The lawyer standing for kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, aka Evans, has lost yet another case in court.
Evans’ Lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, was defeated on Friday, when Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court in Lagos dismissed two fundamental rights applications filed by him.
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.
The judge also awarded a total cost of N500,000 against the two petitioners.
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.
Two weeks ago, Ogungbeje, Evans’ Lawyer filed such 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.
While this does not necessarily speak to the competence of Ogunbeje Esq. recent allegations of various misconducts at the bar makes one question his motive, when taking up clients. Evans’ lawyer is even alleged not to have had the permission of his client; Evans, in bringing his breach of Fundamental Human Rights petition against the Nigerian Police Force.
Lawyers sometimes lose cases, sometimes shady characters engage lawyers but when a lawyer is always in the news for alleged misconduct and constantly get fined for them, then the Legal Profession loses face. For what it’s worth Ogunbeje Esq. should put his house in order.
Credit: The Nigeria Lawyer