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CLAMPDOWN: EFCC Goes After Human Rights Lawyer, Outspoken Gov’t Critic, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa

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Prominent Lagos-based lawyer and human rights activist, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, was arrested on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, afternoon at his Lekki office by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The commission accused Adegboruwa of obtaining money under false pretence popularly called ‘419’ by knowingly dealing in renting out a forfeited asset without due authorization.

The lawyer allegedly conspired with some other persons to lease a property situated at House 105 NICON Town Estate, Lekki Lagos, to one Shelf Drilling Nigeria Limited at the sum of N61, 631,944.65.

Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa
Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa

The said money was allegedly credited to his Zenith Bank’s account, from where he disbursed the funds to others including churches.

EFCC officials said the legal practitioner acted illegally by leasing out a property, which is a subject of an Interim Forfeiture Order by a Lagos State High Court.

Adegboruwa, who is also a vocal critic of the Nigerian government doubles as a lawyer to the wanted Niger Delta militant, Government Ekpemupolo aka “Tompolo.”

An attempt by The Guardian to speak to EFCC boss, Magun proved abortive as the ant-corruption body boss and the spokesman, Wilson Uwujare failed to respond to phone calls.

An EFCC source, however, said Adegboruwa would be charged to court as soon as possible.

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