The Chairman of the NBA Abuja Branch, Folarin Aluko has said that Mr. Benson Aigbojie is no longer classified as a person of Interest in the on going investigation by the Nigerian Police, AIG Zone 2, Onikan, Lagos State.
This was made known in a press statement signed by the Chairman.
According to the information disclosed, Benson and Maduabuchi will make final statements and by noon they will be free to return.
The Chairman thus thanked the NBA President, Paul Usoro, SAN, and others for their intervention in the matter.
Below read his statement
Re: Messrs Aigbojie & Maduabuchi
I am pleased to inform you that Mr. Benson Aigbojie is no longer classified as a ‘person of interest’ in the ongoing investigation by the Nigerian Police, AIG Zone 2, Onikan, Lagos State.
Recall that Mr. Aigbojie became a person of interest following statements made by his client- who was the Prime Suspect- to the Police implicating Mr. Aigbojie, in an ostensible attempt to get access to his Attorney.
Also recall that contrary to some demonstrably false statements earlier circulating on social media, Mr Aigbojie was never at any time named in the petition of internet fraud, hacking or bank fraud.
Without divulging the details of what is still an ongoing investigation by the Nigeria Police, this incident underscores the need to review the efficacy of our pretrial processes- starting with investigation- and general compliance with the provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 and the domesticated Administration of Criminal Justice laws in the various states.
As at this evening, 4th August, 2019, the top echelon of the Nigerian Police Force has intervened to ensure that Mr. Aigbojie is released unfailingly on Monday, 5th August, 2019.
I would like to thank the leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association, especially Mr. President, Paul Usoro, SAN for his prompt intervention and material support in this matter. The various Branch Chairmen especially the Bwari, Ikorodu and Lagos Branches and countless other members of the Bar who weighed in discreetly without seeking fanfare or public attention. The show of solidarity has been overwhelming as members of the Bar were on hand at Zone 2, Onikan, Lagos State on a Sunday, to receive Mr. Aigbojie.
I am also aware that some NGOs have weighed in and lent their voices to this matter.
Very soon we will have the pleasure of hearing from Mr. Aigbojie himself, in his own words, and Mr. Maduabuchi about this ordeal and next steps.
I thank you for your continued support, prayers and encouragement. God bless the Nigerian Bar Association.
Nigerian Bar Association
Abuja Branch (Unity Bar)