Assets: Tumsah asks NBA panel to sanction former FG prosecutor, Tosin Ojaomo
Assets: Tumsah asks NBA panel to sanction former FG prosecutor, Tosin Ojaomo

Assets: Tumsah asks NBA panel to sanction former FG prosecutor, Tosin Ojaomo
The former Vice-Chairman of the defunct Presidential Committee on the North-East Initiative, Alhaji Tijjani Tumsah, has dragged a lawyer, Tosin Ojaomo, before the Nigerian Bar Association’s Legal Practitioners’ Disciplinary Committee.

The petitioner accused Ojaomo, a former prosecutor for the Special Presidential Investigation Panel on Recovery of Public Property of misconduct “by stating untrue position of facts against me in media publications, The PUNCH newspaper of June 7, 2020.”

The petition referred to a publication in the Sunday PUNCH of June 7 in which the lawyer revealed how Tijjani and his brother, Ibrahim, an ex-Director of Finance and Administration at the defunct Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, recovered in suspicious circumstances 86 exotic cars and real estate confiscated from them by the SPIP on the orders of a Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja, in 2018.

The lawyer had asked the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission to prosecute the Tumsah brothers for corruption.

The lawyer had in a petition to the ICPC dated May 20, 2020, stated that the property included four houses in Wuse 2 and Jabi, a quarry plant in Kuje, Abuja, as well as 86 exotic vehicles comprising Wrangler SUV, Audi ASL, Toyota Hilux van, Ford Taurus, Mercedes Benz S550, Mercedes Benz GL 550, Toyota Land Cruiser, Toyota Prado SUV and many other expensive car models.

Ojaomo stated in the petition copied to the President and Vice-President, respectively that “the property had been unsealed under suspicious circumstances and returned to two firms, Integrated Service Insurance Limited and Integrated Bureau De Change Limited belonging to the defendants, who were arraigned on two counts.”

But in his originating application to the LPDC dated June 22, 2020, Tijjani claimed that the lawyer made the publication against him “to gain undue publicity for his practice contrary to rules 32(a)(c)(f)(g)(h)(j)(k),33 and 37 of the Rules of Professional Conduct for Legal Practitioners.”

The LPDC has scheduled the application for hearing on November 9.

But the former prosecutor, in his reaction on Saturday, said the petition was “a gambit to stop the investigation of my petition to the ICPC against him and his brother, Ibrahim.”

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