Embattled passenger on the Ibom Air flight who vowed that Senator Bola Tinubu would not be sworn in is a senior lawyer, CITY LAWYER can authoritatively report.

The Police authority has announced that he would be arraigned in court tomorrow on charges bordering on criminal intimidation and public disturbance.

CITY LAWYER investigation shows that Mr. Obiajulu Hansel Uja was admitted to the Nigerian Bar, having successfully passed his Nigerian Bar Examination in July 2000 with a Second Class (Lower Division) grade. He is about 23 years at the Bar.

In a trending video obtained by CITY LAWYER, Uja was seen being restrained and evacuated from the Abuja-Lagos flight by no less than six airport security officers. He was heard shouting, “Obidients, you’re here. They are doing this to me. Obidients, you’re here, I am naked. Obidients you’re here, I am going naked.” The 6 pm flight was delayed for about one hour.

Uja is duly enrolled with the Supreme Court of Nigeria as a Solicitor and Advocate, CITY LAWYER can report. A search on the Nigerian Bar Association portal also shows that the senior lawyer is a member of the lawyers’ body.

Uja is a Director in F. O. Education Services Limited located at Shalom Plaza, Gudu District, Abuja. The company deals in “General Contract and Merchandise.” He is also a Trustee Secretary in Angels Base Prophetic & Deliverance Ministry, a FESTAC, Lagos based church.

Meanwhile, Uja’s lawyer has decried his planned arraignment, saying that he is not in a good mental state to withstand criminal trial. Ugwu told a national newspaper that Uja was a former bank worker in Lagos, adding that he had been in Abuja for a few weeks.

His words: “The man (Uja) worked with Zenith Bank until he developed some health issues. Some days ago, Riz Continental Hotel, Abuja, chased him away from the hotel because of his mental instability.”

According to Ugwu, Uja bought three tickets on Friday for Lagos State, noting that on getting to the airport, he had issues with almost all the airlines before he eventually boarded Ibom Air.

Ugwu, who visited the senior lawyer at the Nigeria Police Airport Command where he was held, said that when he queried him, “He told us that he wanted to market his products and that he was just trying to get the attention of the passengers when he raised the issue of Asiwaju will not be sworn in.

“If you go through his social media, you will understand that he is not even a member of the Obedient movement. But the long and short of it is that the man is mentally unstable. After he was arrested and the DPO saw reports in the media, the DPO confided in me that the man is not a normal person.

“It’s just the system; I told the DPO that you do not even need a medical certificate from the family but as an investigator, employ the services of a psychiatrist to confirm the mental stability of the man. But as I speak with you, I left the police station around 5 pm and we have not seen the DPO today in the station. I told the DPO that this man needs medical attention immediately before the whole system will collapse.

“He has a kidney problem; if you see his legs you will see how swollen they are. You can only investigate someone that is alive.”

According to PUNCH newspaper, the Assistant Secretary General of Aviation Round Table, Olumide Ohunayo, said: “The man doesn’t appear okay. I mean he started misbehaving from the check-in counter, so they ought to have alerted the crew that an agitated person was going on board; he even didn’t appear okay when he was asked to leave the aircraft. However, we need to be careful of copycats.”

The Investigating Police Officer, Benson Okoh, also said: “He’s with us, I was trying to confirm to the PPRO. However, he’ll be charged to court on Monday for criminal intimidation and inciting public disturbance.”

Tweeting @PIDOMNIGERIA, one “99% OPPRESSED” wrote: “Barrister Obiajulu Hansel Uja is a mentally unstable man. Whoever that used him for this, took advantage of a man battling mental health challenges. He was sacked by @ZenithBank on the 7th of March 2023, without pay, over his unruly behaviour, & prolonged mental health challenge

“He is well read, with lots of degrees. He was employed by @ZenithBank in 2004, where he rose to the position of Deputy manager, & Head of Loan Documentation Unit, at the bank’s legal department. His mental health issues started in 2018, but unknown. He suddenly became unruly.

“Fighting and shouting at every staff member, including his superiors. He was subsequently transferred to a local branch of zenith bank, at Okota, in Lagos state, when his character became unbearable. His mental health challenge became worse in 2019, & he was eventually flown out, to the United Kingdom, UK for treatment. But all the treatments given to him over there didn’t work, as his mental health issues, became worst.

“He was returned back to Nigeria, and was taken to Enugu state, for traditional treatment with local herbalist (sic). He was there until 2022, when zenith bank stopped paying him salary. So since then, he has been facing financial challenges, even while still receiving treatment.

“He stays somewhere around Festac, in Lagos state. Upon his acclaimed recovery & return to work, @ZenithBank issued him a sack letter, without pay. Security agents can verify every of the claims I made here.

“He is not a member of LP, neither is he a member of the Obidient movement. But he shouts at anyone, and talks like lunatic. His medical records are there to verify, if he is mentally stable. His work records with zenith bank for almost 20 years, is there to verify.

“If he didn’t act alone, whoever that used him, took advantage of a mentally unstable man. He is out of work, broke, & could be desperate.”

CITY LAWYER could not independently confirm the tweets at press time.

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