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SAN Faults Kashamu’s Claims on Extradition

Posted: May 12, 2015 at 8:35 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Joe Nwankwo, Abuja


A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Godwin Obla has refuted claims  by Ajibola Oluyede, counsel to a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Buruji Kashamu, that he leaked the alleged plots to extradite Kashamu to the United States.

In a petition against Oluyede to the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee (LPPDC), Obla who accused Oluyede of fabricating the story to make his client’s case look good, is asking the committee “to inquire into the infamous conduct of Ajibola Oluyede with a view to bringing him before the committee to account for the misdeed to save the legal profession of loss of reputation and integrity of its members.”

Kashamu, now a Senator-elect, representing Ogun East, said a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (apparently refering to Obla), who is “very close” to the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Mohammed Adoke (SAN), leaked the plot to his lawyer, Ajibola Oluyede, while on a flight from Lagos to Abuja.

He said this in an April 15, 2015 letter to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), in which he is seeking the commission’s intervention.

However Obla in the petition, said that except for media report on the Kashamu’s alleged indictment in the United States, he had, “never had any connection, nor shown any particular or special interest beyond the media effects of consistent reportage, on the person of Kashamu and his associates, including the said Prince Ajibola Olueyede, his lawyer, with whom I only had a brief encounter in court in the year 2013 in the course of my professional duties in suits totally unconnected with Kashamu.”

Obla said that he would have ignored the lies told by Oluyede as nothing, “but mere antics of a desperate lawyer sliding beyond his call of duty to indulge in the old tales on a voyage of fabricating facts in order to earn his brief at all costs, however, I am mindful of the Goebbellian effects of falsehoods donning the toga of truth if unchallenges, and it’s deleterious effects on the integrity of the bar, hence, this complaint.”

According to him, “Oluyede was only out to use black mail as an extra judicial stratagem to obtain the bidding of his client in an already pending extradition suit.

He said that the only encounter he had with Oluyede was on a few occasions in court as stated above which never extended beyond professional acquaintanceship.

These encounters, he said, “could by no means have translated into such friendship and intimacy as to warrant, by any widest imagination, the deluded fancy that he shared such nonexistent information or facts with him as alleged.

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria pointed out that although he was close to the Attorney General of the Federation, Bello Adoke, SAN, at no time did the two of them discuss issues relating to Kashamu’s extradition.

Kashamu, in the letter, written for him by Oluyede, also alleged of plot to eliminate him by some political enemies.

He had also mentioned the name of the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase in the alleged plot.