judge jails naira marley’s former lawyer over n4m bribe

a special offences court in ikeja, lagos, on thursday sentenced a attorney, taiwo oreagba, to two years in prison for soliciting n4 million bribe.

oluwatoyin taiwo, the choose, but, discharged the attorney on a 2d count of acquiring cash by false pretence.

ms oreagba, who once represented the musician, naira marley, turned into convicted after a -yr trial.

she turned into originally arraigned with the aid of the economic and monetary crimes (efcc) on 12 november, 2020, before justice sherifat solebo of the special offences court in ikeja.

she pleaded not guilty to a -count price bordering on alleged corrupt demand and acquiring the n4 million by fake pretence.

at that time, ms oreagba, a counsel to kelechi uka – who turned into below research with the aid of the efcc – changed into alleged to have accrued the n4 million from one henry umoh supposedly to influence efcc sellers to steady mr uka’s release.

mr uka is status trial on offences referring to stealing at the lagos kingdom high court docket.

ms oreagba was accused of committing the offence on or approximately the 2d march 2020 in lagos.

following the defendant’s plea, she become granted bail and the trial began.
but, in the course of trial, justice solebo recused herself from listening to the case and it become despatched lower back to the leader choose for reassignment.

the case changed into then assigned to justice taiwo.

mr oreagba became re-arraigned on the 2 counts and the trial started out earlier than justice taiwo in october 2022.

the prosecution referred to as 5 witnesses and tendered the audio recording in which the defendant changed into heard bragging that she could get her clients a reprieve by way of giving efcc officials, sini oma john, femi olukinni, and their team part of the n4,000,000 to influence the said officers.

during the trial, mr umoh narrated how ms oreagba satisfied him to part with the cash. he stated she by no means issued a receipt.

mr umoh who testified as prosecution witness (pw) 2 testified that the money the defendant allegedly demanded from him changed into not her professional prices, however the cash she claimed might receive to efcc officials.

messrs john and olukinni, whom ms oreagba noted inside the audio, additionally denied that that they had any discussion with the lawyer approximately a reprieve for mr uka.

additionally they insisted that they did not acquire any money from her, opposite to ms oreagba’s comments in the audio recording.

ms oreagba testified by myself.

on the close of the prosecution’s case, the defence led via mahmood adesina (san), entered a “no case” submission, arguing that the money turned into ms oreagba’s expert expenses.

in her judgment, justice taiwo determined that ms oreagba did not undertaking the content of the voice recording.

she sentenced her to 2 years imprisonment for the offence of corrupt call for by way of someone.

however, noting that the convict had restituted the n4 million to her victim, the judge gave her an alternative of a n500,000 satisfactory.

the judge condemned the convict’s boast that she may want to have an effect on law enforcement officers and that she should influence the project of instances to judges inside the lagos nation judiciary.

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