Last week, activist and leader of the Joint Legal Action Aids JLAA, Kingsley Ughe, shared the story of a Nigerian man, Olatunji Olaide, who was in prison for 24 years for a crime he did not commit.
Another NGO, Legal Defence and Assistance Project – (LEDAP), has just released a statement saying Mr Olaide died in 2012 shortly after he was released and that no one should make any cash donations on his behalf. Read the statement below
LEDAP CALLS ON THE GENERAL PUBLIC TO DESIST FROM MAKING DONATIONS TO ANY ORGANIZATION ON BEHALF OF OLATUNJI OLAIDE
Our attention has been drawn to the fraudulent reports circulating on social media platforms requesting for cash donations from the members of the public to assist Olatunji Olaide who spent twenty four years in prison for an offence he never committed. We were also notified that one Mr. Kingsley Ughe, the Chief Lawyer of Joint Legal Action Aid claimed to have represented Mr. Olatunji Olaide at the Court of Appeal on his conviction for murder. This information is a gross misrepresentation of facts.
Late Olatunji Olaide was convicted by Honourable Justice A. O. Silvia of the Lagos State High Court on February 15, 1995 for murder. Legal Defence and Assistance Project- LEDAP solely handled Olatunji’s case on pro bono basis and secured his release on the 5th of June, 2012 , after the Court of Appeal discharged and acquitted him of murder after spending twenty-four years on death row. Late Olatunji was one of the longest serving prisoners at Maximum Security Prison, Kirikiri, Lagos. Following his release from prison custody, his original interview with LEDAP was published on our website athttp://ledapnigeria.org/bn-at-6-our-stories-our-miracles-sentenced-to-death-an-innocent-man-steps-out-after-24-years-in-prison-olatunji-olaide-shares-his-story-of-survival-freedom-hope/ . LEDAP has no link whatsoever with the said Mr. Kingsley Ughe, the Chief Lawyer of Joint Legal Action Aid (JLAA). He never represented the late Olatunji Olaide in the Appeal Court.
LEDAP hereby calls the general public to desist from making any donation to any purported organization on behalf of Olatunji Olaide who died shortly after he was released from prison custody in 2012 and to report any further fraudulent requests for donations to the Nigeria Police.
LEDAP is an non-governmental organization of lawyers and law professionals, engaged in promotion and protection of human rights, access to justice and good governance. LEDAP offers free legal representation to indigent persons in prison. For more information on LEDAP, please visit our website, www.ledapnigeria.org
For: Legal Defence and Assistance Project
Chino Edmund Obiagwu SAN