A high court in Lagos has convicted Joseph Nwobike, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN) of perversion of the course of justice.
Justice Raliat Adebiyi, who pronounced the verdict found the senior lawyer guilty of counts three to 17 of the 18-count charge slammed on him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
She said the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission proved beyond reasonable doubts that the SAN was in constant communication with court officials to influence the assignment of his cases to his preferred judges.
The prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo, said the offence carries a prison term of two years, but the defence counsel, Mr. Wale Akoni (SAN), said sentence is at the judge’s discretion, and pleaded with Justice Adebiyi to temper justice with mercy.
The judge adjourned proceedings, saying she would deliver her judgement later.