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Just when Nigerians thought no lawyer will step out to defend notorious billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike a.k.a. Evans, Voice Olukoya Ogungbeje has proven an exception.
Ogungbeje, popularly known as The Voice heads Lawflex Chambers. He is also the Chairman of Voice Vanguard. He stepped out on Wednesday to defend Evans..
He grabbed the headlines as he filed a fundamental rights suit on behalf of Evans, by dragging the Inspector General of Police, and three others before a Federal High Court in Lagos over Evans alleged illegal detention.
Olukoya, who identified himself on Facebook as Voice Olukoya Ogungbeje had been involved in controversial cases in recent times.
In April, he filed a suit asking the Federal High Court to stay proceedings on the forfeiture of $43,449,947 (about N13billion), N23,218,000 and £27,800 (about N10.6 million) found in a flat in Ikoyi, Lagos.
He also sought an order directing the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to furnish the court with a report of its preliminary or final investigation on the source of the money, its owner, and how the currencies got into the building. Ogungbeje, in a motion on notice asked the court not to order a permanent forfeiture of the money since there are claims and counter claims as to its ownership by the Rivers State government and the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and since the Federal Government had set up the Osinbajo panel to find the truth about the ownership of the money.
The case did not get anywhere as the money was later permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.
Ogungbeje also once filed a suit in Lagos in 2014 asking for the reinstatement of Murtala Nyako as governor of Adamawa state. This was after Nyako was impeached by the state assembly in July of the same year and the speaker of the state assembly had taken over. Again, the case hit the rocks.
According to him, the court should strike out the entire action since the due process of law was not followed.
Olanipekun, who was also representing Mammadi and the House of Assembly, argued that the originating processes were not properly served on his clients.