Lagos-based lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, who has been hired by billionaire kidnapper Chukwudubem Onwuamadike, a.k.a Evans has justified his decision to defend suspected billionaire criminal in court.
The lawyer has come under public bashing for deciding to stand for Evans. But, speaking with Sun, Ogungbeje, accused a section of the media, as well as many Nigerians of being ignorant of the law.
He noted that it was settled in law that “no matter the bases of the complaints of the cause of your crime, no matter how unpopular is the cause of your crime, no matter how bad is the cause of your crime, the legal practitioner has a duty to take up the cause, if he’s properly briefed and provided that person represents his client within the bounds of law.
“That is my answer to your question. So, no matter the public opinion, I have the responsibility to take up the matter. We were properly briefed. So, our action is based on law. “And we want to represent our client within the bounds of law, within the confines of law.
“So, if you for instance, you’re a journalist, if you brief me… you don’t want me to take up your cause, because people are saying negative things about you, or because people have condemned you and found you guilty before the media, that I should not take up your case?
“Look, let me tell you right away. We were briefed two weeks ago. And I told them to give me two weeks to think, whether I would take up the brief or not. I did my consultations.
“We consulted even journalists, you can go and make enquiries. I consulted my people. I consulted senior lawyers. So, have I done what is wrong by taking the cause of my clients? Forget what people say in the court of public of opinion.”