Mr Kenechukwu Okeke, the lawyer who filed a criminal complaint before an Abuja Magistrate Court against 50 persons, including celebrities during the October 2020 EndSARS protest, is fake and never called to the Nigerian bar, Njenje Media News reports.
The Nigerian Bar Association, the statutory body of lawyers on Monday, averred that Okeke was fake and not on the list of directory of lawyers in Nigeria.
The NBA had reported Okeke in an official letter to the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Kubwa.
At the hearing of the matter on Monday, the case was called up and there were introductions from the celebrities, others and applicant, Deji Adeyanju’s lead counsel, Samuel Ihensekhien and Kenechukwu Okeke, who appeared as the first defendant, and as a counsel for himself.
The NBA Abuja Capital Chairman, Chukwuemeka Clement, also appeared in this case as amicus curea (a friend of the court). At the commencement of the case, Ihensekhien informed the court that in view of the avalanche of court process filed by all parties in the case, there was a need for a clear date to be taken by the honourable court to hear all pending applications.
This application by the applicant’s counsel was acceded to by the court, and he further informed the court that by an official letter filed by the NBA the chairman of Abuja capital that the purported first defendant in the case, Okeke, who has been filing different court processes all over Nigeria was actually not a lawyer.
The NBA said Okeke was not called to the bar and the NBA would further take legal and prosecutorial steps against Okeke for impersonation in the case. The FCT High Court presided by Justice Bello Kawu then adjourned the case to March 30, 2021.