Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Re: [Naijaintellects] Re: USA Africa Dialogue Series - UNSTAR DETAILS: Of how senior Nigerian lawyer allegedly bribed court clerks, selected ‘compliant’ judges

Nebuchadnezzer Adiele:

Thanks for informing me that the accused Judge Nwobike is Igbo.   I don't need to detain you to much in my response, which has to do about the Igbo-Ikwerre dichotomy, as well as the issue of corruption.

1.  As you know, I am neither Ikwerre or Igbo, but I have both Igbo friends and Ikwerre friends.  Knowing the Ikwerre in Rivers State have their Ikwerreland as border region with the Igbo in Owerri, it is not surprising that their Igbo who identify themselves as Ikwerre, their are Ikwerre who identify themselves as Igbo - maybe I repeat myself there - but there are many Ikwerre who identify themselves ONLY as Ikwerre, and abjure their being identified as Igbo.  In fact, I have repeated that I have not met a single Ikwerre who identifies himself as Igbo, but I have related here a single instance of a woman I met at Port Harcourt whose Igbo co-workers first argued surreptitiously over whether she was Igbo or Ikwerre, but when I probed her further, she got confused about her identity.  These empirical facts that I state are not my fault.  I will allow our mutual friend Reuben Emeka Okala to continue from where I now leave - if it pleases him.

2.   May I observe that your informed observation that Nwobike's middle name  "Agburuwhuo"  gave him away as an Ikwerre man, or that un-named man whose outfit gave him off as Ikwerre show how far Ikwerre are from Igbo - or may have moved away.  If a man's name is John Adams, I may mistake him for an Englishman without seeing any other information.  But if I understand that a man's name is John Mobolaji Adams, I won't be surprised that he is Yoruba.  If one is to be serious, first names are often for calling convenience, last names are historical, but MIDDLE names give away the TRUE identity of most people.

3.  By the way, it may not be correct that "Jide" is Yoruba - after all, a "Jideofor" (an Igbo name) may have shortened his name, and it may not be correct that "Yunusa" is a Hausa-Fulani person but I pre-apologize.  But I am sure that Akpokpolebeme is Ijaw! :-)

4.  Finally, you ascribe corruption to the retention of a presidential jet or two in London while President Buhari convalesces.   That is being "corrupt" with the use of the word "corruption."   At worst, it is an abuse of power if President Buhari knows about it - which he most likely does not.  As another bad connotation, it is a reckless and costly sycophancy by those who should recall the plane in the absence of GMB's instruction.  But I maintain without apology that what we have is a Presidential Fleet, and the retention of a presidential plane or two (out of a fleet) as described is appropriate for the Office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.   We are not a banana Republic; the retention will not bankrupt the country;  and it has not stopped the Acting President from traveling.  Therefore the whole controversy is jejune and petty.

And there you have it.  Let us move on.

Bolaji Aluko

On Wed, Jul 5, 2017 at 4:14 PM, 'Nebukadineze Adiele' via naijaintellects <> wrote:
Even though Nwobike is Igbo, he is certainly an Igbo of Ikwere extraction. Had it suited your mischief against Igbo, he would have been from the "Ikwere ethnic nationality". His full name is Joseph Agburuwhuo Nwobike -- the middle name gave away his part of Igbo land, something that an imposter Yoroba like you would not know. 

Why you Yoroba people mind Igbo's business is what I cannot make sense of. Yesterday, Imperial Wizard, another Yoroba who is fixated on Igbo in a lunatic manner, posted a message from a person he was certain was Igbo. Yes, the fellow is Igbo, and he also said so himself, but he is an Igbo of Ikwere extraction too. All an Igbo needed to identify that was the outfit he had on. 

We Igbos know ourselves and the ones amongst us who deny being Igbo know that they are lying, and so do their neighbors know that they are lying. If you follow this link, (at exactly 10:40), you will hear Dokubo Asari confirm that those Igbos in Rivers state who claim to not be Igbo are indeed Igbo and have been known by all in the neighborhood as Igbos. 

Your hypocrisy in lamenting this corruption in the judiciary is palpably disconcerting, especially after you spent the last 48 hours defending the corruption at the presidency -- over the misusing of some jets in the presidential fleet. The type of corruption at the judiciary that you lament about has the same corrupt effect on society as the hijacking of the presidential jet by an inactive president: they both abuse and pervert institutions of the state. 

It is either you are going to leave Igbo people alone over Ikwere or you must henceforth make concerted efforts to tell an Ikwere from an Igbo, since you dishonestly toe the false line that Ikwere is not Igbo. Similarly, you either abhor corruption, irrespective of who engages in it, or close your eyes to corruption and even join those Nigerians who chant "bring back corruption" if that's all it takes for them to start making money again, as they did before president Buhari came to power in 2015. Stop pretending to being an expert swimmer when your awkward and corrupt swimming swings are obvious to those watching from the sideline and those refereeing it. We can never get rid of the type of corruption if we are perpetrating or justifying the type of corruption in the presidential jet fleet. 

There you have it -- that should sound familiar, I guess.   

Nebukadineze Adiele
Organized religion sired irrationality.

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Subject: [Naijaintellects] Re: USA Africa Dialogue Series - UNSTAR DETAILS: Of how senior Nigerian lawyer allegedly bribed court clerks, selected 'compliant' judges

My People:

One more thing:  you can see the pan-ethnic nature of Nigeria's corruption in this issue:  SAN Nwobike (an Igbo) bribing Justice Yunusa (a Hausa-Fulani Judge) through Registrsr/clerk Mr. Jide (a Yoruba) on behalf of accused former Nimasa head Akpobolokeme (an Ijaw).

When crime is being committed in Nigeria, there is no "marginalization" outcry.....when punishment is to be meted out now,  it is "Leave my thief alone:  ns him alone dey?".  Even kidnapper Evans has a "Free Evans" Movement!

Lord have mercy!

Bolaji Aluko
Shaking his hesd

On Wednesday, July 5, 2017, Mobolaji Aluko <> wrote:

My People:

Kai!  Kindly read below the OVERWHELMING evidence of extreme judicial corruption being perpetrated by lawyers (SAN o!), clerks/registrars and judges to pervert justice on behalf of their clients and the accused before them - and shake your head.   

Those who should be administering justice become "clients of injustice".  Lord have mercy!

I have been told by some lawyers and even judges that these clerks and registrars are some of the richest people in the "food chain of injustice" in our country - assigning cases to compliant judges on behalf of so-called "brilliant" lawyers (brilliant only because they know how to manipulate the Nigeria system without detection), delaying cases, removing files, doing "insider informing",  etcheram ad nauseum - and that the the lawyers and judges know who among them are the "bad eggs".  But they ask:  what can they do unless those eggs are prosecuted and removed?  What do you do when NJC removes accused "bad eggs" to the bench under the guise that their prosecution was not speedy enough?

You can see why there is an assault against EFCC by all and sundry as corruption continues to "fight back".  

The EFCC is sometimes to be blamed though because it issues too many counts against the accused - 11 in this case, but sometimes as many as 90 - and then it amends and  re-amends those counts as the case goes along as it gets new evidence of even more corruption.

Why does the EFCC not concentrate on those few counts that will send the accused to jail the LONGEST - if found guilty - and when he or she is in jail, go after other counts to keep 'em there?  But spending 10 years to go after 90 counts - and not getting any conviction - seems not to be strategic.  It is like chasing after 90 rats and letting them all get away instead of concentrating on one fat rat.

Anyway sha, kudos to EFCC!  Our judiciary must be sanitized, otherwise we are really done for.  In fact, coming to think of it, in the anti-corruption battle, that is the greatest imperative.

And there you have it.  We should be watching this case.

Bolaji Aluko


SHOCKING details of how senior Nigerian lawyer allegedly bribed court clerks, selected 'compliant' judges

The prosecuting team of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday in Lagos confronted Joseph Nwobike, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, with various text messages he allegedly sent to court officials to unduly influence cases he was handling.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr. Nwobike is being tried by the EFCC on an 11-count charge bordering on perverting the course of justice and offering gratification to public officials at an Ikeja High Court.
The anti-graft agency alleged that Mr. Nwobike offered gratifications to some judges of the Federal High Court and the National Industrial Court to influence them to act contrary to their official capacities.
The EFCC also claimed that Mr. Nwobike engaged in sending illegal text messages with four registrars of the Federal High Court in a bid to unduly influence his cases being tried by the judges.
Mr. Nwobike, however, denied all the charges.
On July 3, while being led in evidence by his defence counsel, Olawale Akoni, Mr. Nwobike had told the court that the money he allegedly gave to the judges was not gratification but "assistance".
He insisted that the judges were old friends whom he had been acquainted with while in the university long before they were assigned as judges.
A compact disc (Exhibit P21) allegedly containing text messages from the SAN's seized mobile phone (Exhibit P18) was projected on a screen during the cross-examination of Nwobike.
Rotimi Oyedepo, the lead prosecution counsel of the EFCC during the proceedings on Tuesday, accused Mr. Nwobike of sending text messages to Mr. Baruwa, a clerk of the Federal High Court, Lagos.
He claimed that Mr. Nwobike was aware that Mr. Baruwa worked with one Mr. Jide, a Deputy Registrar of the court.
Responding, Mr. Nwobike said: "I know Mr. Baruwa, he is a clerk of the Federal High Court, I do not know he works with Mr Jide, he told me that his office is directly opposite Mr Jide's office.
"I have had cause to send messages to Baruwa in the course of my duties just like any other legal practitioner."
Disputing Mr. Nwobike's claims, Mr. Oyedepo said that Mr. Nwobike was aware that the clerk shared office with the Deputy Registrar.
"Would you be surprised if I tell you that Baruwa works directly with Mr Jide in the Federal High Court and that his desk is opposite Mr Jide's desk.
"Baruwa informed you in a text that Mr Jide is back in the office," he said.
Mr. Nwobike again denied reading the text message from Mr. Baruwa. Mr. Oyedepo, however, confronted him with the evidence on the screen in the courtroom that he actually read the text message.
Mr. Oyedepo showed him text messages in which details of lawsuits were allegedly sent by Nwobike to Baruwa in a bid to assign the cases to some specific judges.
"On page 3984 of exhibit P21, there was a text from you to Mr. Jide in which you mentioned a case AMCON V Bizel Finance and Investment Ltd.
"At 12.59 p.m. on September 4, 2015, you forwarded the suit details of First Bank V O.P.I International Ltd, you mentioned that the suits should be assigned to Justice Buba.
"As at September 4, 2015 when you sent that text message, the matter was not yet assigned to any judge and on Nov. 27, 2015, at 10.46 am, you sent a text message to Mr Jide giving details of Godwin Ewekolu Vs Inspector General of Police.
"When the text was forwarded, Justice Kurya was a judge of the Federal High Court and you impressed it on Jide that it was very urgent that the case be assigned to him.
"In the suit between Skye Bank Plc and Brokeyard Marine Oil and Gas Services Ltd, you forwarded the suit details to Mr. Jide as shown on the screen.
"As at the time you forwarded the suit details to Mr. Jide, Brokeyard Marine Oil and Gas Services Ltd were under investigation by the EFCC.
"The Kurya J you mentioned in that text message is Hon. Justice Kurya of the Federal High Court," he said.
Denying Mr. Oyedepo's accusations, Mr. Nwobike said "The text messages I sent were just confirmation text messages.
"On whether I knew that Brokeyard Marine Oil and Gas Services were under investigation by the EFCC, I don't know because I don't work for the EFCC."
Mr. Oyedepo accused Mr. Nwobike of obstructing the prosecution of Femi Thomas, his client, who was allegedly caught at the Muritala Muhammed International Airport with 200 million dollars.
"On November 11, 2015, you sent a message to Mr. Jide of the Federal High Court about a criminal charge filed against your client Dr Femi Thomas asking that it should be assigned to Justice Seidu.
"This suit was suit was eventually assigned to Justice Seidu and as at 1.23 p.m. on the day you sent the text, this matter was not assigned to any judge.
"Are you aware as a SAN that it is an offence not to declare an amount exceeding $10,000, are you aware that the amount your client travelling with was 200 million dollars?
"In a desperate bid to prevent the EFCC from continuing the investigation, you instituted a fundamental rights action (exhibit P23).
"You forwarded details of this suit in a text to Mr. Jide and in the usual manner, you mentioned Justice Yinusa to handle the case.
"Upon instituting this suit, the EFCC appeared before Justice Yinusa and the matter was resolved by His Lordship; you also did not file any process for the execution of the order you bought from Hon. Justice Yinusa.
"On November 9, 2015, Felix Deckon your litigation officer forwarded a text message forwarded a text message to Mr Jide.
"Text contained details of the charge preferred against your client by the EFFC," Mr. Oyedepo said.
"I will not agree with you that in a desperate bid to stop the EFCC, I filed the fundamental rights action.
"The money in question was $2.2million and not $200million and my client was asking for the return of the $2.2million seized from his agent at the airport.
"I forwarded details of this suit to Mr Jide for confirmation purposes," Mr. Nwobike claimed.
The EFCC also accused the lawyer of undue interference in a case involving Beauty Akpobolokemi and the anti-graft agency.
Beauty Akpobolokemi is the wife of Patrick Akpobolokemi, the former Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, standing trial over alleged fraud.
"On November 9, 2015, you received and read a message from Mr. Baruwa of the Federal High Court forwarding the details of a case between Beauty Akpobolokemi and the EFCC.
"The text informed you that the case has been assigned to Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia and you filed a suit against the EFCC.
"You filed the suit against the EFCC in the middle of an EFCC investigation of Patrick Akpobolokemi.
"Prior to November 9, 2015, you forwarded a text to Mr. Jide where the name of Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia was mentioned.
"At 8.50 a.m. on that day, you sent a text to Mr. Baruwa saying 'Okay please take the file there now.'
"At 5.32 p.m., you forwarded the particulars of the case to Jide and this matter was eventually assigned to Justice Ajumogobia,
"Before Beauty Akpobolokemi suit was filed, you sent some names to Mr. Baruwa to monitor in case the EFCC prefers some charges against them," Oyedepo said.
"I don't know when the case of Beauty Akpobolokemi Vs the EFCC was assigned, it is not correct that I sent some names to Baruwa to monitor in case the EFCC files some charges," Mr. Nwobike said.
Showing the SAN the documents on the screen in the courtroom, Mr. Oyedepo said "At 9.38 a.m. on November 5, 2015 you received and read a text from Mr Baruwa.
"The text read 'good morning sir, no charged have been filed against those clients by the EFCC…'
"Your reply was 'Thanks I am grateful.'
"These instructions you gave to Mr Baruwa, were they for free, have you had cause to give him money through your juniors, money transferred to him in the exercise of his duties?"
Responding, Mr. Nwobike said "No I have not given him any money."
The EFCC prosecutor disputing the claim asked Mr. Nwobike if he knew any person called Zainab Kilani, and he answered in the affirmative, saying she is a junior in his law chambers.
"You received and read a text from Mr. Baruwa saying 'Thank you sir, Kelani gave me your special package
"On June 3, 2015 at 10.10am, you received a text from Mr. Baruwa saying 'Good morning Sir, I just got a golden handshake from Mr. Felix Sir.
"Exhibit D2 is a statement of account from your law chambers, on Jan. 17, 2011 you transferred N50,000 to Mr. Baruwa," Mr. Oyedepo added.
Accusing the senior advocate further of obstructing justice, Mr. Oyedepo said Mr. Nwobike received photocopies of EFCC charges that were not yet filed in court.
"Mr. Baruwa sent a text message acknowledging handing over the charges to Mr Felix Deckon, your litigation officer.
"A charge that is not filed was given to you by your litigation officer without you applying for a certified true copy," Mr. Oyedepo said.
Denying the accusations, Mr. Nwobike said "I did not apply for a certified true copy and I did not receive photocopy of the charge and I only received the charge when it was served on my clients."
Justice Raliatu Adebiyi adjourned the case until July 12 at 10.3 a.m. for continuation of trial.

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