The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested popular Lagos-based lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, for an alleged N61m scam.
The EFCC said on its official Facebook page that Adegboruwa allegedly conspired with some persons to lease a property in the Lekki area of Lagos State.
Mr. Samuel Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, popularly known as “Big Sam”, burst into the limelight through activism as a Student Union President at the Obafemi Awolowo University in 1992.
The property in question, according to the anti-graft agency, is a subject of an Interim Forfeiture Order by a Lagos State High Court.
The statement read in part, “Lagos lawyer, Adegboruwa, has been arrested by operatives of the EFCC for dealing in a property which is a subject of an Interim Forfeiture Order by a Lagos State High Court without due authorisation.
“He allegedly conspired with some other persons to lease the property situated at House 105 Nicon Town Estate, Lekki Lagos, to one Shelf Drilling Nigeria Limited, in the sum of N61, 631,944.65. The said money was credited to his Zenith Bank’s account, from where he made disbursements. The matter will soon be charged to court.”
However, he had in recent times openly defended several persons being investigated or tried by the EFCC.
He came under fire on January 11, 2016 when he filed a suit against the EFCC before the Federal High Court, Lagos, challenging the continued detention of Chief Olisa Metuh, the spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party.
He, however, later withdrew from the Metuh case.
Adegboruwa is also the counsel for ex-Niger Delta militant, Government Ekpemupolo, also known as Tompolo, who is wanted for an alleged N45.9bn fraud involving the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency.
The Lagos lawyer is also representing a cousin of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Mr. Robert Azibaola, who confessed to collecting a $40m pipeline contract.
In a fresh suit filed last Wednesday, Adegboruwa, claimed that any attempt to make his client indict the ex-President was a violation of Section 7 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, “which has outlawed the practice of arresting a citizen as ransom for the alleged offence of another citizen.”