The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has filed a criminal charge against activist-lawyer Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa at the Federal High Court in Lagos.
He was accused of dealing in a seized property that was a subject of EFCC’s investigation without authorisation.
The commission said he and Jonathan Udeagbala committed the alleged offence on August 13, 2013 in Lagos.
Adegboruwa was said to have been arrested on Monday at his Lekki office by EFCC operatives.
The defendants allegedly conspired to lease the property at House 105, NICON Town Estate, Lekki
EFCC said the property was a “subject of interim orders of attachment made by Justice Christopher Balogun of the Lagos State High Court.”
The order, the commission said, was made on June 18, 2012.
Adegbora allegedly leased the property to Shelf Drilling Nigeria Limited for N61, 631,944.65.
The money was allegedly credited to his Zenith Bank account, numbered 1010240758.
The alleged offence is punishable under Section 32 (1) of the EFCC Establishment Act 2004.
The charge, dated May 5, has been assigned to Justice Oluremi Oguntoyibo, who was recently transferred from Ilorin Division to replace Justice Rita Ofili Ajumogobia.
Adegboruwa represents ex-Niger Delta militant, Government Ekpemupolo (Tompolo), on whose behalf he filed an application challenging sections 221 and 306 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015.
He is also part of a legal team led by Tayo Oyetibo (SAN) who sought to quash the summons issued for Tompolo’s arrest by Justice Ibrahim Buba. The case is now on appeal.
Adegboruwa is known for his public interest litigation.
He successfully sued the Lagos State government over tolling on the Lekki Bridge.
He also got a judgment banning the monthly environmental sanitation exercise. Both are now on appeal. Sources said Adegboruwa will be arraigned Wednesday