EXPOSED: Lawyer Involved In Alleged N421million Scam Shortlisted For ‘Elite’ Rank Of Senior Advocate Of Nigeria

A Nigerian lawyer, Dr Christian Chizindu Wigwe allegedly concerned in N421 million rip-off is likely one of the 130 authorized practitioners shortlisted for the award of the distinguished rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) rank for 2021. 

Wigwe is likely one of the 35 attorneys shortlisted within the tutorial class for the award of the ‘prestigious’ rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) for 2021.

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According to the Acting Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and Secretary of the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee (LPPC), Hajo Bello, the shortlisted candidates emerged from each the advocate filtration levels and tutorial pre-qualification train, “preparatory to the award of the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria for the year 2021”.

Meanwhile, a 2006 report alleged that Wigwe’s legislation agency, Wigwe & Wigwe was concerned in N421 million rip-off. 

The rip-off additionally allegedly concerned an erstwhile everlasting secretary within the Ministry of Defence, Dr. Julius Makanjuola, who was dismissed by President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2004. 

Part of the report reads, “The police also discovered that all six applications for payment for compensation covering five communities in Anambra State were handled by one law firm – Wigwe and Wigwe, based in Lagos.

“The investigators wondered why only one lawyer was engaged by the entire six communities.”

A supply informed SaharaReporters, “Wigwe & Wigwe is owned by one Chris Wigwe then practicing in Lagos. His company was involved in a scandal. Today he’s now Prof Christian Chizindu Wigwe of Faculty of Law Rivers State University of Science & Technology. He’s applying to be conferred with the rank of SAN as an academic. That’s Nigeria for you. He believes that everyone has a short memory! May God help us.”

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From the report, it was gathered that Dr. Julius Makanjuola and 4 different administrators within the ministry have been arrested on the time and brought to the pressure

headquarters, Abuja in respect of funds made to sure people as

compensation on land allegedly acquired by the ministry.

Other administrators concerned within the scandal, in keeping with police interim report, included Patrick Ajumobi, (Director Joint Services), who admitted processing two of the funds amounting to N65 million, deputy director joint companies, R. Udaku, who dealt straight with the everlasting secretary through the course of processing the funds and the deputy director, finance and provide, Eroma.

The fraud on the ministry was uncovered when the erstwhile Minister of Defence, Theophilus Danjuma took it upon himself to scrutinise coverage information on the day-to-day actions of the ministry, and within the course of, he came upon some information (six of them) regarding funds of a complete of N421 million as compensation in respect of assorted lands purportedly acquired by the military.

Danjuma additionally noticed that funds have been made with none reference to him, and that the beneficiaries didn’t append their signatures on the vouchers earlier than fee was effected, with all fee vouchers stamped.

Following the invention, the minister requested the then Inspector General of Police, Musiliu Smith to arrange an investigating staff to look into the matter, to get better the quantity concerned, and produce the culprits to justice. He additionally handed over photocopies of six coverage information to the investigating staff to facilitate their work.

It was in the middle of police investigation that the everlasting secretary and 4 administrators whose roles have been questionable within the fee have been arrested for interrogation. 

The police additionally noticed that whereas the Okoro neighborhood in Isokpo, Ekwere native authorities space of Rivers State utilized for N40.7 million compensation, surprisingly, the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing analysis staff really useful for them, the sum of N107.1 million.

He added that out of this determine, N25 million had already been paid out. The Federal Ministry of Works and Housing officers who indulged themselves on this questionable act for private causes, as a result of authorities curiosity was not protected in any respect, have been to be invited to justify their motion.

The police additionally found that every one six purposes for fee for compensation protecting 5 communities in Anambra State have been dealt with by one legislation agency – Wigwe and Wigwe, based mostly in Lagos.

The investigators puzzled why just one lawyer was engaged by your entire six communities.

Also, two corporations based mostly in Lagos and Port Harcourt respectively assisted in effecting the funds. The investigating police staff had visited Anambra and Rivers states to determine whether or not these communities really acquired the cash and whether or not additionally they demanded claims.

The police staff was additionally to, amongst others establish the lands and individuals who acquired fee on behalf of the neighborhood, to determine if really, the neighborhood acquired fee and in the event that they did, the quantity paid; to find native authorities chairmen and conventional rulers of the varied communities to substantiate their alleged roles and to get better paperwork in respect of the funds.

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EXPOSED: Lawyer Involved In Alleged N421million Scam Shortlisted For 'Elite' Rank Of Senior Advocate Of Nigeria

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