Embattled female lawyer, Helen Ebikpolade was arrested and released last December by National Drug Law Enforcement (NDLEA) operatives, CITY LAWYER can authoritatively report.

An unimpeachable source who is familiar with the matter told CITY LAWYER that Ebikpolade was nabbed by NDLEA operatives and detained by the agency at its Epe Command during the yuletide season before regaining her freedom.

Ebikpolade was again arrested last July 1 following a sting operation on her Lekki, Lagos home where some exhibits including 5 kilogrammes of cannabis and 12 bottles of prepared skuchies were allegedly carted away by NDLEA operatives. This led to a manhunt for the lawyer-turned-entrepreneur by NDLEA operatives who stormed Awka in Anambra State where she was arrested.

CITY LAWYER gathered from an impeccable source that several of her alleged accomplices were also arrested in other parts of Lagos.

Admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 2015 after graduating from the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, the Anambra native and mother of two confessed that she has little or no aptitude for legal practice.

An impeccable source told CITY LAWYER that the embattled lawyer recently filed for divorce in a Lagos court from her Bayelsa-born estranged husband.

In a LinkedIn profile sighted by CITY LAWYER, the lawyer whose full name is Helen Chidima Ebikpolade, wrote: “I have my first and second degree in Law but I have always been business inclined and I realized quite early in my life that running and managing business(es) is my forte. This motivated me to earn my Maters in Management with with (sic) the aim of improving my management skills, growing my current business, and to also expand as well in the future.”

She claims to have received a “Master of Laws – LLM, Law” degree from the Nigerian Law School in April 2015 and another Master’s degree in “Management, Entrepreneurship” from American Public University System (APUS).

Early in her short stint with law practice, Ebikpolade was a Research Assistant with Bayelsa State Judiciary between November 2015 and November 2016 where she “worked with the Chief Magistrate and helped research cases, write briefs and legal opinions, helps (sic) judge prepare for trials, draft legal documents, and other legal duties assigned to me by the Magistrate.”

She then joined the Yenagoa based law firm of J. A. Gbadamosi & Co. (Agalu Chambers) as a Junior Associate between January 2017 and November 2019. She moved to Pennak Limited as a part-time Administrative Officer before setting up her fashion outfit, Moonshine Luxury in January 2022.

Before her arrest, Ebikpolade was working on contract as Administrative Specialist at “Freaky0clock.” According to Ebikpolade, “Freaky0clock is a small business enterprise, an alcoholic beverage company made from natural ingredients. We take special pride in our production, planning and service with strict adherence to quality and safety standards.”
Announcing her arrest alongside other suspects, NDLEA stated that Ebikpolade who allegedly “specialises in production and distribution of skuchies, a mixture of cannabis, opioids and black currant, was arrested in a follow up operation in Awka, Anambra State following an earlier seizure of 5kg cannabis and 12 bottles of prepared skuchies in her apartment at Lekki.”

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