A senior advocate of Nigeria, Dr Joseph Nwobike, has been convicted on several counts of attempting to pervert justice.
Mr Nwobike, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), was convicted by the Ikeja Division of the Lagos High Court on Monday,Premium Times Nigeria report.
Justice Raliat Adebiyi, however, found the lawyer not guilty on offences of offering gratification to a judicial officer and making false declaration to an officer of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Mr Nwobike is being prosecuted by the EFCC.
The prosecution lawyer, Rotimi Oyedepo, urged the judge to visit the full weight of the law – a two year prison term – on the convict to serve as a deterrent to other lawyers.
The judge said she would adjourn proceedings for some minutes to enable her write the sentence.
Full profile of Dr. JOSEPH AGBURUWHUO NWOBIKE, SAN shows that he attended University of Lagos where he graduated with Second Class (Upper Division) in 1991. In 1992, he sat and passed, with Second Class (Upper Division), the Final Bar Exams. He was called to the Nigerian Bar in December, 1992.
He obtained the Master of Laws (LL.M) degree from the University of Lagos in 1995. He attended Obafemi Awolowo University, and American University of London, between 1999 to 2005 where he obtained Ph.D in law specializing in Mergers & Acquisition in Nigeria.
Dr. Nwobike is Fellow of the African Business School, Abuja; Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Local Government and Public Administration of Nigeria; Fellow, Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) and Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK); Associate Member, Business Recovery and Insolvency Practitioners of Nigeria (BRIPAN) and Assessor, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (lCAN).
Dr. Nwobike is a Member, International Bar Association (IBA), Member, Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Member, International Tax Planning Association and INSOL. Dr. Nwobike also has a Post–Graduate Diploma in International Arbitration (UK). Dr. Joseph has also undergone a programme in Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution with the United Nations Institute For Training and Research.
Dr. Nwobike is a member of The Institute of Energy Law, a Division of the Centre For American and International Law, USA. Dr. Joseph Nwobike has attended several conferences and seminars organised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, Center for International Legal Studies, Austria and The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom.
Dr. Nwobike has appeared before CAS and has conducted a wide range of sports related arbitrations and litigations in and outside Nigeria. Dr. Nwobike has appeared in several employment related cases at the High Courts and the National Industrial Court for several clients including Nestle Nigeria Plc, Fidelity Bank Plc, Johnson Wax Nigeria Limited, United Bank of Nigeria Plc, etc.
Dr. Nwobike is presently consulting for several US based law firms on litigations arising from the abuse of human rights in Nigeria during the military regimes in Nigeria. He was part of the teams that conducted Wiwa vs. Shell and Re: Semira Adamu vs. Government of Belgium. Dr. Joseph Nwobike was sworn in as a Notary Public For Nigeria in 1999 and sworn – in as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in the 2009 set.