BARTHOLOMEW MADUKWE

Mrs. Olabisi Ogungbesan, is Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions, DPP. Since she  assumed  office in  May, 2008 , she has successfully prosecuted several criminal cases ranging from  murder, armed robbery, obtaining by false pretences, stealing etc in  Magistrate Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Ogungbesan heads a dynamic team of prosecutors who derive their powers to prosecute criminal offences in the state from the state  Attourney-General and Commissioner for Justice who delegates all such powers to the Directorate by virtue of Section 211 (1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

She was born in London  and married to an Engineer with three children. Ogungbesan was born into a family of Lawyers and Judges which highly influenced her choice of law as a profession. After having had her primary and university education in England, she  developed her passion for thoroughness in handling legal assignments of any nature.

Speaking on the trials and conviction of Al-mustapha and co she  noted that the final judgment of guilt pronounced on the former Chief Security Officer to the late General Sani Abacha, and  the personal aid to late Alhaja Kudirat Abiola  would serve as  errent to  people who abuse the power of their offices.

In her words: “We do hope that this will be a deterrent for people who think that when they are in power, they can stalk innocent citizens and murder them in cold blood  and get away with it” adding that justice was done by the judgment.”
She  expressed her satisfaction in the judgment pronounced  by Justice Morenike Dada in the  protracted  case .

“Well indeed, we are very happy that justice has been done today; and we hope that it marks the end of the era of stalking innocent citizens and getting them killed. We are indeed happy; we believe that the judgment has determined every aspect of the case”

Knowing that the battle is not over, Ogungbesan pointed out that it is a Constitutional right for the defendants to take the judgment to the Appeal Court, adding “and I am sure that the Attorney General of the state will be ready and willing to go there and take the case again. We know and we believe that judgment will still be done. The truth will continue to come out in all aspect.”

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