Nigerian Lawyers Blast Saharareporters, Demands Trial Of Blackmailer, Uwajeh
Nigerian Lawyers Renaissance Forum has called on the Inspector General of Police to disregard all distractions and publications done by SaharaReporters and prosecute with immediate effect one Mr. Victor Uwajeh for fraud, forgery and possession of false documents.
In a statement signed by Barrister Jide Oyekan and Barrister Nnamdi Ugbojikwe and made available to journalists, the forum commended the duo of Senator Andy Uba and the IGP for not bowing to Uwajeh and SaharaReporters’ tactics of blackmail as they are known to have blackmailed several Nigerians with such tactics of publishing false news online.
The statement reads, “Our attention has been drawn to a publication on SaharaReporters claiming that IGP is shielding Senator Andy Uba from prosecution. First, how do you shield a sitting senator from prosecution of a case that is already in court? Such articles published by SaharaReporters should not be taken seriously because they never balance their story before publishing. Uwajeh should stop running from pillar to post seeking for unnecessary sentiment, the case is in court, he should stop hiding else the judge would execute his threat of warrant of arrest.”
It can be recalled that Mr. Uwajeh had attempted to blackmail Senator Andy Uba. In the process, he alleged that the Senator representing Anambra South Senatorial district forged his WAEC certificate. Senator Uba was quick to refer the matter to the Nigerian police force. Uwajeh was then invited by the police present his own part of the case. He honored the invite. The case was then investigated and discovered that the documents tendered by Uwajeh were forged.
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Criminal summons were served Mr. Uwajeh as a result. It constituted a four count charge. The charge was presented before Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court Abuja. The charge constituted of allegations of fraud, possession of false documents and forgery.
Reacting, Mr. Uwajeh took off and has been on the run from the arms of the law. The prosecuting counsel, A.K Alilu told newsmen that Mr. Uwajeh had disappeared and had pleaded for an out of court settlement with Senator Uba.
But the Nigerian Lawyers Renaissance Forum, through an Appeal submitted to the IGP, has asked for the prosecution of Mr. Uwajeh to continue to its logical conclusion.
The appeal reads,
“It has come to our notice that with the intended prosecution of one Victor Uwajeh who is perhaps Nigeria’s King of blackmailers and forgers, the country may just be rid of such elements who have taken blackmail as their stock in trade. We wish to note that several distinguished Nigerians of repute have fallen victim to this criminal and have complied not because the blackmail had any substance but because they didn’t want any form of bad publicity. Thankfully, for us and for many others who will never again fall victim to such a fellow, Senator Uba stood his ground and even reported the matter to the Inspector General of Police, who ordered an investigation and found out that documents and allegations tendered by Uwajeh were false and obtained via forgery. This was followed with the serving of a criminal summons to which Mr. Uwajeh has artfully dodged knowing that the game is over.
Sadly, owing to the fact that we have some bad eggs still in the legal profession as does every other profession, we were surprised when we read in the news offered by online media that petitions had been written accusing the IGP of scuttling the investigation in favour of Senator Uba.
We are much saddened by this move as it appears to be an attempt to wear upon Uwajeh the toga of a victim whereas he is the predator.
We are therefore calling on the IGP and other interested parties to shun such distractions and carry out their conventional duties. If indeed Uwajeh does not have a case to answer, why then is he on the run? Why is he avoiding been served the sermons? Like it is said, a clear conscience fears no accusation, Uwajeh should make himself available for service of the criminal summons.
We are also forwarding a petition to the Nigerian Bar Association’s disciplinary committee to sanction some of these lawyers who are smearing the legal practice. “
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