Senator, Andy Uba’s lawyer, Victor Uwaje, has alleged that his estranged principal forged his secondary school certificate.
Uwaje was reacting to the allegation that he was trying to extort money from the senator and threatening to destroy his image, adding that there was nothing of such.
While describing the allegation as false and baseless, he said the dispute between them was over the refusal of the senator to settle his professional fee.
Recall that Senator Uba had in a petition published in the media on April 11 accused Uwaje of attempting to extort money from him, stressing that the lawyer had threatened to destroy his reputation.
While addressing journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, Uwaje said his dispute with the Senator began after he helped the senator lift a travel ban against him by the United Kingdom.
Uwaje said he also settled all cases of fraud leveled against Uba in the United States, but later discovered that the senator’s secondary school leaving certificates had been forged.
He told reporters in Abuja, “Sometimes in 2012, I met with Senator Andy Uba who briefed me that he had issues with the UK authorities because he was banned in 2008 from entering the United Kingdom, and being a British citizen and a private investigator, he wanted me to lift the exclusion ban on him from entering the UK.
“I met with him at his Asokoro residence where he gave me the power of attorney duly signed by him, both of us appended our signatures. It was authorising me to work on his behalf and he was going to return the expenses back to me that will assist in lifting the ban on him.
“He also had an arrest warrant against him in the State of Los Angeles, he also gave me a power of attorney in 2015 signed by Senator Andy Uba to lift the arrest warrant against him.
“After everything, I sought for my professional fees and sent it to him. It kept lingering, he refused to pay. So, at the end of the day, I filed a court process against him, seeking for payment of my professional fees. The amount in question is £1.8 million.
“In the Vanguard of yesterday, Andy Uba said I was trying to blackmail him to extort money from him and I want to put the records straight about my dealings with Senator Emmanuel Andy Uba.
“We started from 2016, we have been in court since 2016, so I don’t see the reason he is alluding to blackmail, because we are in court, he was served through the Clerk of the National Assembly. I don’t understand how a case in court is blackmail.”
The lawyer said he found out about Uba’s alleged false declaration of asset after studying the documents given to him by the senator and investigating it.
“He presented a lot of documents to be presented to the UK authorities, some forged documents, WAEC certificate and others, which were part of the documents filed in court.
“WAEC confirmed that the certificate Nnamdi Uba is parading is a fake document and I expect the authorities to look into this vehemently because forgery in the National Assembly is alarming and I feel the media is crucial to straightening issues in Nigeria.
“I have received several threat phone calls from the UK, different phone calls from people claiming to be his agents threatening my life.”