Two young lawyers arrested by EFCC for rigging NBA elections
Two Nigerian lawyers, Sarah Ajibola and John Demide, are in serious trouble.
The two were arrested, as reported to Judge Chuka Obiozor on Thursday at a Federal High Court hearing in Ikoyi, Lagos, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal Office.
The two justice professionals are accused of alleged collusion and forgery in the 2018 general election to the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA.
On May 5, 2020, the EFCC filed a 14-count indictment against the duo bordering on alleged document fraud in the Association elections, which resulted in its immediate former president, Paul Usoro.
One of the charges reads: “That you, Sara Omeiga Ajibola and John Ozovehe Demide, in August 2018, falling under the jurisdiction of this respectable court, conspired with each other to deliberately change the email addresses and phone numbers of approximately 1004 (thousand four) of voters who are eligible to vote in the 2018 Nigerian Bar Association elections with the intent that such inaccuracies are found to be reliable during the aforementioned elections and, therefore, you have committed an offense contrary to section 27 (1) (b) cybercrime (prohibition , prevention, etc.), 2015 and are subject to punishment in accordance with section 13 of the same law. “
They pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against them.
In this regard, the prosecutor Bilikisu Bala asked the court to set a date for the hearing.
The defendants’ lawyer, N. E. Ogeibe and Deborah Ogundele, respectively, applied to the court with a request to allow their clients to be released on bail on the most liberal terms.
The judge allowed the defendants to pay each of them 500,000 NF. E. With a surety.
Judge Obiozor also ordered the lawyer to sign an undertaking to bring the defendants to court.
The EFCC ordered the defendants to be held in pretrial detention for seven days in order to comply with bail conditions.
The case was updated on April 14, 15, 16, 20, 21 and 22, 2021, for the trial to begin.