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EFCC arrests 2 lawyers over alleged N10m extortion

By Emma Ovuakporie

ABUJA—The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC),  has arrested the son of retired Supreme Court Justice Sylvester Oguwuegbe, Mr. Obinna, an ex-staff of the agency and Mr. Ndubuisi Nnoke, a Special Assistant to the President of the Customary Court of Appeal, Abuja, over an alleged N10 million extortion.

It was gathered that Oguwuegbe and Nnoke, lawyers,  had told the management of the Customary Court of Appeal that there was a petition against it and that N10m was required to settle EFCC.

Nnoke was alleged to have informed the management on October 25 that he got the information from his friend and classmate that there was a petition against the top management of the court.

He was also said to have claimed that he had gone to EFCC  to verify its authenticity.

The management was said to have invited Oguewuegbe  where a demand of N10m was allegedly made to bribe EFCC officials to destroy the files.

Another meeting was fixed for October 27 at Wuse. It was then the court’s Chief Registrar alerted EFCC officials and payment was negotiated for the next day at the National Stadium, Abuja.

The venue was, however, shifted to an hotel car park in the central area of the city. It was thereafter changed to Wuse where Oguwuegbe was waiting for the assistant court registrar to deliver the money.

It was said to have been kept in a carton. Immediately it was delivered, EFCC operatives swooped on the suspects  and arrested them.

They are now in the custody of the agency and awaiting prosecution.

EFCC’s spokesman, Mr. Femi Babafemi, said they “are actually in our custody and this should serve as a lesson to Nigerians to be wary of people when dealing with them on matters like this.”


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