A mild drama ensued on Monday at the venue of the 14th Gani Fawehinmi Annual Lecture in Lagos when youths mobbed Mike Ozekhome (Senior Advocate of Nigeria) and physically restrained him from delivering his speech.
In the video shared in the social media, the youths could be heard chanting ‘Ole, ole, ole, Mike Ozekhome’’.
The senior lawyer is accused by the protesters of defending and shielding corrupt individuals standing trial in courts.
“His presence here is an insult to the memory of Chief Gani Fawehinmi,’’ some of the protesters were heard saying.
Reports quoting the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) say it took the intervention of Mr Adeshina Ogunlana, the Chairman of Ikeja Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Femi Falana (SAN) and Mohammed Fawehinmi to calm the protesters.
Mr Ozekhome, who later address the forum, said: “Gani was against oppression, repression and tyranny in whatever form.
“That is why in 1983, the NBA said that lawyers should not defend alleged corrupt politicians under the then General Muhammadu Buhari to fight corruption, but Gani said No; these people are entitled to their rights.
Responding to the shouts of “lies, lies, lies’’ that punctuated his speech, the senior advocate told the protesters: “You cannot intimidate me, you are all hired.’
Mr. Ozekhome is said to be counsel to the former First Lady, Patience Jonathan, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and Ayodele Fayose, the Governor of Ekiti.
Watch the video here