Embattled senior lawyer on the Ibom Air flight who vowed that Senator Bola Tinubu would not be sworn as president will today know whether he would breathe an air of freedom away from prison custody.

Mr. Obiajulu Uja had allegedly disrupted an Abuja to Lagos flight when he stood up to state that Tinubu would never be sworn-in as President on May 29. Uja was evacuated from the plane by airport security personnel.

He was arraigned at the Zuba Magistrates’ Court in Abuja and charged with “public nuisance, resistance to a lawful arrest, threatening violence and conduct likely to cause a breach of peace contrary to sections 396, 267,188,172 and 144 of the Penal Code Law.”

His lawyer, Mr. Ejike Ugwu said that “He was arraigned at the Zuba Magistrates’ Court after they (police) deceived us – because yesterday he was taken to Muhammadu Buhari Police Hospital, Area 11 Abuja.”

Ugwu insists that Uja is mentally challenged, adding that the hospital did not have a psychiatrist or psychologist to evaluate and certify him fit for criminal trial.

“While we were there, it was around 3 pm they told us that they wanted to arraign him in Zuba Magistrates’ Court. We reminded the court that the same police invited the doctor to examine him, and the same police instead of waiting for the doctors to examine him hurriedly charged him to court.

“Even with the test we did, we spent almost N40,000 at the Police clinic, all the tests they conducted we abandoned all of them; they have not prescribed any medicine.

“The way the police are handling it is as if they have an interest in the matter because you took somebody to a police clinic, you are coming to court to tell the court you want the person to be remanded in prison because you want to continue the investigation.

“Until now we do not know the result of the test that was conducted in the hospital because they hurriedly took him away from the hospital.”

A CITY LAWYER investigative report showed that Uja is a senior lawyer enrolled with the Supreme Court of Nigeria as a Solicitor and Advocate. 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, Ugwu had decried his then planned arraignment, saying that he was 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.

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