Lawyer and activist, Mr. Festus Keyamo, has denied media report that he betrayed the family of slain gubernatorial candidate of Citizens Popular Party, CPP, Chief Ogbe Onokpite, by withdrawing from the case, when he noticed that the family of the late Chief Onokpite was fighting for compensation.
Kayamo in a statement by his law firm said: “The attention of Festus Keyamo Chambers has been drawn to a certain comment by Mr. Diemo Onokpite that our Head of Chambers abandoned the case relating to the murder of Ogbe Onokpite. He also betrayed the politics behind such a statement by concluding that the Urhobos should assess properly who they vote for, knowing full well that Keyamo is running for election in the state.
“Our simple response is that our Head of Chambers, Keyamo, out of deep love for the cause of the Urhobo people and sympathy for the Onokpite family, took up that case free of charge.
“Even at a point when Mr. Onokpite called our Head of Chambers and offered to raise some money to pay us, Keyamo turned it down and said that he didn’t want any money.
“Like Keyamo has done for thousands of Nigerians, he took up this case with all zeal and passion, even when all those who directly benefited from Onokpite, ran away out of fear and others, who were elected into various positions, refused to say anything publicly till today.
“The point of departure of our chambers with the family was that on December 24, 2011, whilst we were still at the heat of exchange of correspondence with the Inspector-General of Police as to how and who to conduct investigation in order to bring the culprits to book, we woke up to read in the Vanguard Newspaper of that day that the family had gone to another lawyer to file an action for the enforcement of fundamental right in court.