***Urges IGP to Disregard Petitions
By Kenneth Atavti
A group, Nigerian Lawyers Renaissance Forum yesterday called on the Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris to disregard all distractions emanating from certain quarters and prosecute with immediate effect one Mr. Victor Uwajeh for fraud, forgery and possession of false documents.
The group made this known by a press statement made available to Nigerian pilot yesterday in Abuja.
Nigerian pilot recalled that Mr. Uwajeh had in attempting to blackmail Senator Andy Uba had alleged that the Senator representing Anambra South Senatorial district had forged his WAEC certificate.
Senator Uba promptly responded to the news by reporting the matter to the police who invited Uwajeh to present his own part of the case.
The Case was then investigated where it was discovered that the documents tendered by Uwajeh were
Forged resulting into the serving of a criminal summons by the l government upon Mr. Uwajehl early this year.
The criminal summons constituted a four count charge before Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court Abuja over allegations bordering on fraud, possession of false documents and forgery.
However, Mr. Uwajeh has since then been on the run as the government through the prosecuting counsel has not been able to serve Uwajehl with the criminal summons. A.K Alilu told newsmen then that Mr. Uwajeh had disappeared and had even opted for an out of court settlement with Senator Uba.
It was thus to this end that the Nigerian Lawyers Renaissance Forum made its Appeal to the IGP to go ahead with the prosecution of Mr. Uwajeh who it said was a known scammer and serial blackmailer.
In its statement, signed by Barrister Prince Deji Atanda and Barrister Ike Tagbo, the forum commended the duo of Senator Uba and the IGP for not bowing to Uwajeh’s tactics as he was known to have blackmailed several Nigerians with such tactics using forged documents .
I urged the IGP to ignore all forms of distractions such as petitions written by groups, as these persons were usually in cahoots with the likes of Uwajeh.
The statement read as follows “ It has come to our notice that with the intended prosecution of one Victor Uwajeh who is perhaps Nigeria’s King of blackmailers and forgers, the country may just be rid of such elements who have taken blackmail as their stock in trade. We wish to note that several distinguished Nigerians of repute have.fallen victim to this criminal and have complied not because the blackmail had any substance but because they didn’t want any form of bad publicity. Thankfully, for us and for many other who will never again fall victim to such a fellow, Senator Uba stood his ground and even reported the matter to the Inspector General of Police, who ordered an investigation and found out that documents and allegations tendered by Uwajeh were false and obtained via forgery. This was followed with the serving of a criminal summons to which Mr. Uwajeh has artfully dodged knowing that the game is over.
Sadly, owing to the fact that we have some bad eggs still in the legal profession as does every other profession, we were surprised when we read in the news offered by online media that petitions had been written accusing the IGP of scuttling the investigation in favour of Senator Uba.
We are much saddened by this move as it appears to be an attempt to wear upon Uwajeh the toga of a victim whereas he is the predator.
We are therefore calling on the IGP and other interested parties to shun such distractions and carry out their conventional duties. If indeed Uwajeh does not have a case to answer, why then is he on the run? Why is he avoiding been served the sermons? Like it is said, a clear conscience fears no accusation, Uwajeh should make himself available for service of the criminal summons.
We are also forwarding a petition to the Nigerian Bar Association’s disciplinary committee to sanction some of these lawyers who are smearing the legal practice. “