Evans Lawyer Fined N20K For Professional Misconduct After Missing Kidnapper’s Hearing

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Friday July 14, 2017 – Evans Lawyer Fined N20K For Professional Misconduct After Missing Kidnapper’s Hearing

Billioanire kidnapper Evans’ lawyer Olukoya Ogungbeje was on Thursday slammed N20,000 “punitive cost” for professional misconduct after he missed an hearing.

Justice Abdulazeez Anka of the Federal High Court, Lagos, said the cost must be paid before July 20.

Evans’ fundamental rights case was billed to be heard by the Judge, but his lawyer wrote, claiming to be ill.

Ogungbeje apologised for his absence and asked for adjournment.

But, Mr Emmanuel Eze, who represented Lagos State Commissioner of Police, opposed Ogungbeje’s application for adjournment.

He said the applicant’s lawyer did not inform the police that he would be absent, adding that any other lawyer from Ogungbeje’s office could have come to represent Evans.

According to him, it is an “affront” to the court for Ogungbeje not to send another lawyer to stand in for him.

“In view of this, we are of the view that the applicant’s counsel is most unserious with this application. We, therefore, ask for a punitive cost of N100,000 against the applicant and his counsel,” he said.

Awarding the N20,000 cost, Justice Anka said: “Counsel wrote a letter seeking for an adjournment without copying the prosecution. This, to me, is unprofessional. The court hereby warns counsel to desist from such type of practice.”

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7 thoughts on “Evans Lawyer Fined N20K For Professional Misconduct After Missing Kidnapper’s Hearing

  1. That is way too small. He should be made to cough out all the money Evans family paid him. Foolish lawyer defending a kidnapper

    • FOOLISH LAWYER HOW?HE SIMPLY ERRED FOR NOT SENDING IN ANOTHER LAWYER TO STAND IN..HE EVEN WROTE TO INFORM THE COURT OF HIS ABSENCE.EX GOVERNORS,MINISTERS HAVE THEIR CASES IN THE PAST STALLED BECAUSE OF ABSENCE OF LAWYERS ITHOUT FORMAL NOTICE AND YET THE JUDGES HANDLING THOSE CASES LOOKED THE OTHER WAY.I VE SAID CASES LIKE ARMED ROBBERY,RAPE,KIDNAPPING,RITUALS,LOOTING OF TREASURY SHOULD ATTRACT FIRING SQUAD RATHER THAN WASTING TIME DELIBERATING AND ADJOURNING CASES.IT WILL SAVE TIME AND MONEY

  2. HE NEVER EVEN START to lose. A lawyer who defends a kidnapper, a murderer, is himself a morally challenged man.

  3. I THINK THIS STUPID lawyer is just gonno use this Evans saga to claim some cheap popularity for himself.
    Hence his decision to defend the deadliest kidnapper ever in the history of Nigeria, who do not only drains his victims of his charged ransom to the last kobo but mostly kills them even after collecting ransom.

    That is besides being a high prolific robber all roll into one.
    And a lawyer with who claimed his brain is intact will willingfully chose to stand to defend a criminal of such reputation. Honestly, it beats my imagination to say the least.

    I take a stroll…

  4. BEFORE THE WAKE OF EVANS SAGA, nobody knew anything about any lawyer called Ogwunjegbe. Therefore I think this he is just using this Evans case to claim some cheap
    popularity for himself.

    Hence his decision to defend the deadliest kidnapper ever in the history of Nigeria, already condemned by public opinion who do not only drains his victims of his charged ransom to the last kobo but mostly kills them even after collecting ransoms. Too bad!

    That is besides being a high prolific robber all roll into one.
    And a lawyer with who claimed his brain is intact will willingfully chose to stand to defend a criminal of such reputation. Honestly, it beats my imagination to say the least.

    I take a stroll…

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