Legal Report: Nigerian News Desk

Ifeanyi Ubah: ‘DSS, Comply with court order’ – Ohanaeze youths & IPOB; Aluu four: Rivers Court fixes July 27 for judgment; Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer Ugwuonye barred from practice in Nigeria; I Was Never Disbarred In America – Nnamdi Kanu’s Lawyer To Sue Vanguard Over Alleged False Report; Controversy surrounds money recovered from Justice Sylvester Ngwuta . . .

Ifeanyi Ubah: ‘DSS, Comply with court order’ – Ohanaeze youths & IPOB

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The youth wing of Ohanaeze Ndigbo has called on the Department of State Services, DSS, to immediately release the Managing Director of Capital Oil and Gas Ltd., Mr. Ifeanyi Ubah in line with a court order. It would be recalled that a Federal High Court had on Thursday gave the DSS 48 hours to free Ubah from custody.

Speaking in Enugu at an event organized by the Authority Newspapers to honour the wives of South-East governors, the National President of the Ohanaeze Youths, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro lauded the judge for his courage in giving the orders.

Mr. Isiguzoro  said: “We want to salute the judge for upholding the law and human rights. The court indeed showed that the DSS cannot be the accuser and the judge at the same time. We shall mobilize the youths for a protest if the court’s order is disobeyed.”

Aluu four: Rivers Court fixes July 27 for judgment

Aluu four . 4 Uniport students killed for suspected robbery in Aluu, Rivers state

Photos: The four University of Port Harcourt students lynched by a mob in Aluu, Rivers State.

Justice Letan Nyordee of the Rivers State High court has fixed July 27 for judgment on the murder case of the four University of Port-Harcourt students, popularly called Aluu four. The court fixed the date after all the lawyers in the matter adopted their written addresses before the court.

PH . Aluu four . Aluu murder suspects of 4 Uniport students

Photo: The suspects in the lynch-murder case of the Aluu Four.

Seven accused persons are now standing trial in the matter, while five persons were earlier discharged and acquitted. It could be recalled that the late four UNIPORT students, Ugonna Obuzor, Toku Lloyd, Chiadika Biringa, and Tekena Elkanah, were all lynched after they were allegedly accused of theft at Umokiri community in Aluu, near University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State on October 5, 2012.


Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer Ugwuonye barred from practice in Nigeria: Report

Nnamdi Kanu's lawyer, Emeka Ugwuonye

Emeka Ephraim Ugwuonye , the lawyer to Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) who recently joined the legal team that sought the release of Mr. Kanu from Kuje prison has been reportedly temporarily barred from legal practice in Nigeria. The former United States-based Nigerian lawyer, who was disbarred in New York and Maryland for professional misconduct, was on Wednesday also disbarred in Nigeria, to which he had relocated, for the same offense.

Biafra . Emeka Ugwuonye & Nnamdi Kanu

Photos L-R: Emeka Ugwuonye & Nnamdi Kanu

According to a report by Daily Post, Ugwuonye’s sanction was ordered by the Nigeria’s Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee, LPDC, of the Body of Benchers, a unit which punishes misconduct among lawyers. LPDC ordered Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court of Nigeria to strike out Ugwuonye’s name. J.S. Okutepa (SAN) who is the Chief Prosecutor of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) at the LPDC found Ugwuonye liable for fraud and promised to give details of the direction of LPDC in due course.


I Was Never Disbarred In America – Nnamdi Kanu’s Lawyer To Sue Vanguard Over Alleged False Report

Controversial Nigerian lawyer, Emeka Ugwuonye has finally denied reports that he was disbarred on Wednesday in Nigeria.

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Emeka Ugwuonye (photo: above) reacted to allegations that he was disbarred in Nigeria over fraud allegations leveled against him

He categorically stated that he was not disbarred in the US, and this could have easily been confirmed by Vanguard, if they were not intent on being mischievous. I was Never Disbarred in America – Nnamdi Kanu s Lawyer to Sue Vanguard Over Alleged False Report.

Mr. Ugwuonye took to social media to react to rumours tainting his name. Ugwuonye said:

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“I was in court this morning. I arrived a whole hour late. I was late because I had to stay behind to issue statesments to friends and supporters against the potential frenzy over the stories about me and the Nigerian Bar.

After court, I have held 4 different meetings, pushing my lunch time to just a couple of hours ago. It has been quite a busy day for me on account of my pre-existing schedule. Despite that, I have been aware of the excitement which the stories about me in the social media have generated.

I am particularly bemused by the reactions of everybody that disliked me or who had grudges against me. Many of them were people who fought me and lots in the past. They are all out today to repeate the mistake they had made many times in the past – to wrongly assume that Emeka Ugwuonye is finished. When will they ever learn? They remind me about a folklore where an entire village heard the rumor that the lion was sick. Everybody took a stick and become a hunter with intent to be the one that would slay the sick lion. Even when one experiencced hunter caustioned the novices among them of the need to approach the lion cautiously, they dismissed him and told him that it was an easy job.

That was how they casually approached the sleeping lion assuming he was really sick. Well, you can imagine the rest of the story. The poor souls could not make it out fast enough when the beast turned.

Any real lawyer, well trained in the law and versed in the affairs of the world would know that the story being spread around cannot be true. No legal process works like that, not even in a developing country like Nigeria does it work primitively as that.

If all these rumor were to be true, it would only mean that God is providing us an opportunity to test and examine the character and quality of the Nigerian Bar. No institution is above the law and no institution should be feared. So, why would anybody assume that the Bar is above the law? That is if I were to have a real problem with the Bar, rather than the rumored and fantasy problems my enemies have imagined.

Going by frenzy, it can be said that, unknown to me, I must have been the most visible lawyer in Nigeria. Why should I worry if more and more people are getting to know me and about me? I wish there is a way for you people to know how relaxed I am right now. I am happy that God is using me to teach Nigerians the aspect of the law they did not know much about. By the time it is all over, you will be experts on how the law works in this area. That alone is enough to make me happy.

As I have the reactions of my enemies, who are still scared of me, I have also noted the uncompromising support I have received from my friends and supporters. My heart is pleased. I have only one thing to say to say to my friends and supporters: there is no cause for alarm. Go and have your favorite drink. (Please no kinkana). What you read is largely untrue. It a mischaracterization of truth, at best . Again, I thank you so muc God bless you all.”

For about eight years now, there has always been one story or the other about me and some controversies. They are too many for me to list them here. Becaues these stories were spread throgh the internet, there appears to be certain degree of autenticity to them. But most of it has been false authenticity when you bother to look skin-deep beneath the sufface of the words used.

One of the stories that I wish to touch on at this moment has to the with the aspect concerning my standing in the Bar or the various Bars of which I am a member in different jurisdictions globally. One particular blogger / on-line news website has reported for years now so falsely about me. That has made it so hard for their readers to tell what is true and what is false.

For those who have followed my activities closely lately, I will remind you that in the past 25 years, I have become a member of the bar in over 15 key jurisdictions in the world. I was never disbarred in any of the America jurisdictions. The fact that I have been spending a lot of time in Nigeria lately has nothing to do with any problem in America. There was never any such problem. My enemies are wrong.

I admit this, as a matter of fact, I have become a highly controversial individual, largely due to the false but aggressive internet media campaign against me. That has been good and bad experience for me. The bad side is that it has armed my enemies and made it possible for them to attack me in the various opportunistic ways possible. But I have withstood those attacks undaunted. The good side is that these false stories created curiosity about me, which has led many to discover how great my work is. And my owrk speaks for itself.

As a lawyer, I have always known that certain risks go with certain things we do. I have taken many many risks in a calcualted and knowing manner. I understand that when you step on toes, the owners of those toes will react in every manner they can. Stepping on toes are things I admit to have done on purpose. And I saw the reactions coming. I just wasn’t scare enough by the reactions. All reactions were anticipated. That was how a minor issue of personal nature blew into a disagreement with the Nigerian Bar. I am confident that it is a matter to be straightened out in due course. I will refrain from saying more on the straitening out process with the Nigerian Bar to avoid preempting any measures or anyone.

My message to my clients, my fans and my supporters is just simple. There is no cause for alarm. If there was, I would be the first to tell you. Many of you have known how many times my enemies failed in the past. So, nothing anyone tells you now should be enough to scare you. There is no cause for alarm and there is no going back now. My message is strong and my mission is irreversible. In no distant time, this country will hear us and we will achieve a lot of good for millions of people. Unfortunately, nothing good comes easy and I don’t believe in easy victories.”

For falsely claiming that I was disbarred in Maryland and New York in America, I will give Vangauard Newspapers a short opportunity to apologize to me and retract that false story.

While I can ignore these poor bloggers trying to make a living at a time of high unemployment, I will hold accountable any supposedly reputable newspaper that lies against me maliciously.

I am totally disappointed in Vanguard Newspapers. I would have expected them to verify a story before publishing it. Tomorrow morning, I shall give them the requisite statutory notice and demand for retraction and apology. Failure to comply will force me to initiate a defamation lawsuit against them.”

 – Mr. Emeka Ugwuonye

Controversy surrounds money recovered from Justice Sylvester Ngwuta

Counting of the sums of money allegedly recovered from the official residence of a Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, and which were ordered by a Federal High Court in Abuja, to be deposited in the Central Bank of Nigeria on Thursday, has revealed a discrepancy of a total amount of N22,160.


Justice John Tsoho, before whom Ngwuta is being prosecuted on money laundering and passport fraud charges, disclosed on Friday that while the prosecution claimed to have tendered N35,358,000, the counting witnessed by representatives of the court and parties in the case on Thursday, revealed that the amount actually tendered was N35,335,840.

The judge said this while informing the court about the report of the counting submitted to him shortly after proceedings commenced on Friday. There were no problems with the money in other currencies.

The prosecution had through the leader of the Department of State Service’s search team, Mr. John Utazi, that allegedly recovered the various sums of money in local and foreign currencies from Ngwuta’s house, tendered the money before the court as exhibits earlier on Thursday.

The money was contained in nine bags and boxes. Out of the nine items, eight of them contained naira notes, which Utazi said totaled N35,358,000. He said the ninth bag contained £25,915; $319,596 (USD); R50 (South African rands); €280 (euros); 380 ( dirhams); and 420 dalasis.

The items were opened during the Thursday’s proceedings to reveal the content but the counting in the presence of the representatives of the court and parties to the case was done after court proceedings on Thursday.

But under cross-examination by the lead defence counsel, Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN), on Friday, Utazi insisted that the amount he delivered to the court was N35,358,000, which he earlier claimed and not N35,335,840 which the report of the counting revealed.

Utazi said, “What I delivered to the exhibit keeper yesterday (Thursday) was N35,358,000.”

When asked, he said, “I was not present when the money was counted.”

When pressed to answer if he disagreed with the report of the counting, Utazi said, “What I delivered

N35,358,000. “I stand by what I delivered to the court. I meticulously counted the money.I don’t know whether to agree or not but what I delivered to the court was N35,358,000”



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