Controversy has continued to trail the appointment of the self-acclaimed private investigator in the United Kingdom, Victor Uwajeh, by the federal government.
Uwajeh is said to have been appointed consultant to trace and recover undeclared assets and proceeds of fraud as part of the ongoing fight against corruption.
Already, aggrieved lawyers have queried the appointment by the Chairman of the Presidential Panel on Recovery of Public Property (PARP), Chief Okoi Obono Obla.
The aggrieved lawyers under the auspices of Lawyers Against Corruption (LAC), threatened to drag Obla to court over the said appointment.
Confirming the appointment of Uwajeh, Obla said the panel has the powers to co-opt anybody who can assist in the recovery of government properties.
“Why do you want to confirm his appointment? We have the powers to appoint anybody to assist us in our job.
“He is a very experienced professional investigator, who has worked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and has a track record on money tracing and asset recovery and we need his experience in helping us to carry out our mandate.
“It will interest you to know that he is doing it for free as a patriotic Nigerian.”
However, the lawyers wondered why a man, with a four-count criminal charge pending in court, should be appointed by the panel.
Justice John Tsoho of the Abuja division of the Federal High Court had ordered a substituted court summons on Uwajeh.
The judge further berated the Nigeria Police for protecting a fugitive of the law, after he was told by the prosecution counsel, Aminu Alilu that he was under police protection.
Before the Federal High Court, Victor Victor Uwajeh is facing a four court charge bordering on forgery, documents falsification, fraud and procuring forged documents.
The court has since granted the request made by the federal government to serve criminal summons on Uwajeh through substituted means, by pasting at his premises.
Justice Tsoho granted the application after counsel to the federal government, Alilu informed the court that Uwajeh had on several times evaded service as he did previously.