Lawyer docked over alleged N4m bribe attempt to EFCC operatives

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By Robert AKPAN, Senior Investigator Reporter, Làgos/

THE Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has dragged a female lawyer, Taiwo Oreagba before Justice Sherifah Solebo of the Special Offences court sitting in Ikeja Làgos for allegedly collecting a whopping four million naira (N4,000 000. 00) from her client Kelechi Uka, presently under investigation at the Commission on the pretext that the money was meant to secure his release. Sources said rather than use the money for the purpose it was collected, the sleazy lawyer kept it to herself. The lid was however, blown open after her client waited endlessly for his bail following which he raised the alarm acussing operatives of the Commission of doublesatand. It was gathered that upon descret investigation that the amount was actually collected, the lawyer was promptly placed under arrest and subsequently charged with “theft and obtaining under false pretenses.” A statement signed by the Commission’s head media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren and made available to CrimeWorld, informed that the arraignment took place on Thursday, November 12, 2020; adding, “A lawyer, Taiwo Oreagba, has been arraigned before Justice Sherifah Solebo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos on a two-count charge bordering on alleged corrupt demand and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of N4,000,000.00( Four Million Naira).   The defendant, who is a counsel to one Kelechi Uka currently under investigation by the Commission, allegedly collected the sum of N4, 000,000.00(Four Million Naira) from one Henry Umoh supposedly to influence officers of the Commission to secure the release of her client( Uka).”

Continuing, the statement reads: “Count one reads that you, Taiwo  Oreagba, on or about the 2nd of March, 2020 in Lagos , within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court , whilst acting as counsel to one Kelechi Uka, asked for and received the sum of N4,000,000.00( Four Million Naira)  through your business name account known as Bobcom Enterprises from one Henry George Umoh on the understanding that the money was meant to influence officers of the Economic and Financial  Crimes Commission in order to secure the release of the said Kelechi Uka from custody.    Count two reads: That you, Taiwo  Oreagba, on or about the 2nd of March, 2020 in Lagos , within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court  whilst acting as counsel to one Kelechi Uka , with intent to defraud , received the sum of N4, 000,000. 00( Four million Naira) through your business name account known as Bobcom Enterprises from one George Henry  Umoh by falsely representing to him that the money was meant for officers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission investigating the case against the said Kelechi Uka, which representation you knew to be false.  The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to her.   In view of her plea, the prosecuting counsel, G.C. Akaogu, asked the court for a trial date and that the defendant be remanded in the Nigerian Correctional Service’s Custodial Centre.   Counsel to the defendant, J.R. Kuforiji, told the court of an impending application for bail dated October 14,2020, which she said had been served on the prosecution.   After listening to both parties, Justice Solebo granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100,000.00( One Hundred Thousand Naira), with one surely in like sum.   The surety must show evidence of residence in Lagos.   The case was adjourned till January 13 and 14, 2021 for commencement of trial.”   


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