Ozekhome Mobbed at Fawehinmi lecture for ‘Defending Corrupt Politicians







There was a mild drama at the 14th Gani Fawehinmi Annual Lecture on Monday when protesters mobbed Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) and stopped him from entering the the venue of the programme.

The incident happened at the Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja, venue of the lecture organized by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ikeja Branch.

The theme of the lecture was: “Federalism, Restructuring and Good Governance: Striking a Balance.”

Ozekhome, who arrived the venue at 1:10 p.m., was stopped from entering the hall by the protesters comprising youths and students.

They milled round the lawyer, composed songs in defamatory words and stopped him from entering the hall.

The incident forced the keynote speaker, a former Dean of Faculty of Law, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Prof. Demola Popoola, to stop his paper presentation for about 20 minutes.

Those at the high table were the former General Secretary of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Chief Frank Ovie Kokori who was chairman of the event and the Adeboruwa of Igbogbo, Oba Semiu Orimadegun Kasali; among others.

Ozekhome was listed as contributor alongside Ms Onyeka Onwenu and Seun Kuti, son of late Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

The protesters accused the lawyer of defending Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose; former First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan and Senate President, Bukola Saraki; among others.


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