Add Adesomoju, Abuja
The Esama of Benin Kingdom, Chief Gabriel igbinedion, led all donors at the presentation of a book written in honour of the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta, last Thursday.
The father of a former governor of Edo State, Chief Lucky Igbinedion, donated N8m.
He was only followed by a group of 21 Senior Advocates of Nigeria who donated N7m for the book.
Igbinedion announced his donation at the public presentation of a book titled, ‘Encyclopedia of civil procedures and practices of superior courts in Nigeria’ which was compiled by a group of lawyers.
The event took place on the same day when a son of Igbinedion was given a N3m option of fine for N25bn money laundering offences by the Benin Division of the Federal High Court.
A National Leader of the All Progressives Congress and former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, who was represented by the Senator representing Ekiti Central Senatorial District of Ekiti State in the National Assembly, Babafemi Ojudu, also donated N2m for the book.
The 21 SANs, led by Dr. Alex Izinyon and Mr. D.D Dodo, initially raised N5,250,000 but later felt that it was below expectation and subsequently increased it to N7m.
The event took place on the same day one of Igbinedion’s sons, Michael, was being sentenced by Justice J. Liman of the Benin Division of the Federal High Court.
Justice Liman had, on April 29, 2015 convicted Michael, who is a younger brother to Lucky, and adjourned till last Thursday for sentencing.
The judge sentenced Michael to a six-year jail term for N25bn money laundering offences.
An aide of Lucky, a former governor son of Igbinedion, Patrick Eboigbodin, was also jailed for 20 years for the same offences.
However, the governor’s brother has an option of paying N3m or N1m for each of the three counts on which he was found guilty to avoid going to jail.
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