Our Team

At Obla & Co., we are focused on our clients, ensuring that we always give them our full attention. We are solutions oriented and know you need advisers who can help you deal rapidly with the unexpected. We will be at your side no matter what happens, providing advice, support and expert guidance. Our firm have a sound base in the law fraternity, and we aim to put our resources to effective use for the success of our clients. Backed by hundreds of successful cases in different fields of law.
  • The compact nature of our firm allows to relate well with our clients and treat each client as an individual

Team

Managing Partner

Godwin Obla is a consummate legal practitioner, having acquired extensive experience spanning a period of three decades.

He is a prominent member of the Nigerian Bar Association where he currently serves as a member of the Committee on Anti-corruption as well as Chairman of the Section on Legal Practice Sub-Committee on Cross-border Crimes and Financial Malpractices and other Related Matters.

He is a frontline member of the International Bar Association, having actively participated in several international seminars and workshops. He has also attended several high-level training workshops and seminars at reputable institutions, amongst them Harvard Law school, Boston, USA; John F Kennedy school of Government, Harvard University, Boston, USA; University of Singapore, to name a few.

He has been involved in various complex Arbitral Proceedings in Nigeria both as an Arbitrator and Counsel.

He has severally acted as Special Prosecutor for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Federal Government of Nigeria in white collar crimes and related offences including the Central Bank intervention prosecutions, the Halliburton Bribery casethe Siemens Bribery scandal, the Panalpina Bribery case amongst others.

Godwin Obla was conferred with the Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London in 1997. He has also been an Honorary member in the Association of Fellows and Legal Scholars at the Centre for International Legal Studies, Salzburg, Austria since 1998.

Chief Godwin Obla was elevated to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (the equivalent of the British “Queens Counsel”) in 2013.

He has several publications to his credit including;

  1. “Practical problems in Arbitration under Nigerian Law”, Newsletter of committee “D” of the International Bar Association viol.2. No.2 (Arbitration & ADR) September 1997.
  2. “Arbitration Involving State Parties in Nigeria”– Published in “Comparative Law Yearbook of International Business” by Kluwer Law and International Centre for International Legal Studies Austria,1998.
  3. “Arbitration as a tool for Dispute Resolution In Nigeria, How relevant today?”- Delivered at the 2011 public lecture of the faculty law, University of Ibadan, June 2011.
  4. “Networking the criminal justice system- prosecution and detection challenges”– presented at the 2012 round table on networking the criminal justice system organised by the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 2012.

Senior Counsel

Current: Counsel at Obla & Co.

Past: Counsel in the Chambers of J.B. Majiyabe SAN 1993-2009

Education: Ahmadu Bello University Zaria (1988-1990)

Nigerian Law School, Lagos (1990-1991)

Main Practice: Criminal Law and Assets Forfeiture/Seizure

Other Areas of Practice: Intellectual Property, Commercial Litigation, Arbitration, Trademark and Banking.

Edward Christopher Okpe has a business-oriented approach to problem-solving coupled with a deeply insightful and analytic approach to finding solutions to legal problems.

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES

Nigerian Bar Association- Member

International Bar Association- Member

 

Head of Chambers

Mr. Egwuagu bagged his LL.B at the prestigious University of Benin in 1998 and was subsequently called to the Nigerian Bar in 2000.

He has vast experience in Litigation, Arbitration & Conciliation and commercial practice and is frequently called upon to render legal advice to some of the leading financial institutions in Nigeria.

He has participated in several Arbitration Proceedings in respect of commercial transactions involving multinationals before Arbitral panels and institutions, including the ICC International Court of Arbitration. He is currently a member of the legal team constituted to represent the Federal Republic of Nigeria before the ICC in London between AES Nigeria Barge Limited (formerly ENRON) and the Federal Republic of Nigeria and between Dayson Holding Ltd (BVI) v. Federal Government of Nigeria.

He is also particularly proficient in the area of Criminal Prosecution and has prosecuted (on behalf of Obla & Co.) several cases including the Pension Fraud case, the Halliburton bribery case (TSKJ Consortium), Siemens AG Bribery Scheme and Shell Petroleum Development Company/ Panalpina Bribery Scheme, Halliburton Nig. Limited, Kellog, Brown, Roots Inc. Snamprogetti Netherland B.V., Technip S.A., Japan Gasoline Corp, Siemens AG, Siemens Nigeria, Shell Petroleum Development Company, Panalpina amongst many others.

He has rendered professional advice and other legal services to several reputable organizations including the Central Bank of Nigeria, Universal Services Provision Fund, Nigerian Communications Commission, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Power Holding Company of Nigeria, Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS), and a host of Banks and other financial institutions.

Mr. Egwuagu is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).

He joined Obla and Co in 2007 and is currently the Head of Practice.

Senior Counsel

Chris Edache Agbiti is an alumnus of the prestigious Benue State University where he graduated in the year 2000 with 2nd Class Upper Division. Chris cut his legal teeth in the city of Port-Harcourt and has practised in virtually all the jurisdictions in Nigeria and at all levels of courts.

He joined the firm of Obla & Co in 2010 and is currently involved in a number of high-profile litigations on behalf of the firm. He has contributed a substantial number of articles to both national and international media outlets, including the American Chronicle, where he is a contributor.

C.E. Agbiti is a member of the Chartered Institute of Mediators and Conciliators.

He is married with three children.

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES

  • Member, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)
  • Member, International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Member, Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Counsel

She is an alumnus of Igbinedion University Okada Edo state where she graduated in the year 2008 with 2nd Class Upper Division. She got called to the Nigeria Bar in the year 2009. In her insatiable quest for knowledge, she proceeded to the University of Manchester where she bagged a Master’s Degree in Corporate Governance. Due to her excellent academic performance, she gained employment with WNS Assistance; a prestigious Insurance company in Manchester United Kingdom as a Claims Coordinator and Legal adviser. Uche has significant experience in advisory, research, investigatory and compliance roles in both legal and insurance sectors.

She joined the Law Firm of Obla and Co. in 2012 and she has become an integral part of the practice in areas such as Corporate Law, Employment Law, Land Law, Arbitration amongst others.

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES

-Member, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)

– Member, Gerson Lehrman Research Group

– Member, Legislative Advocacy (Unity BAR)

– Member, Association of Professional Negotiators and Mediators

Counsel

Adeyemi Damilare George is a graduate of the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ife, where he bagged his LL.B with Second Class Honours (Upper Division).

He is a recipient of the First Justice Kayode Eso Inter-University National Essays Competition Winner’s Prize for his Essay titled “Democracy and Rule of Law in Nigeria; Complementarity, Rivalry and Transformation”.

He is also a certified Alternative Dispute Resolution practitioner and an accredited Mediator with the Negotiation and Conflict Management Group (NCMG).

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES

–         Member, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)

–         Member, Association of Professional Negotiators and Mediators (APNM)

–         Member, Negotiation and Conflict Management Group (NCMG)

 

Counsel

EDUCATION:

Segun Fiki is a graduate of the Public International Law Department of the University of Abuja and the Nigerian Law School.

He also holds an LLM (with Distinction) in International Commercial Law from the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, where he graduated as the Best Student on the Course.

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE:

Segun is an integral part of the Firm’s Civil & Criminal Litigation and Arbitration Practice Areas.

He has been involved in several notable criminal prosecutions- amongst them the Pension fraud prosecutions, the prosecution of bank chiefs and the EFCC prosecution of politically-exposed persons.

He has also advised the Firm’s clients on complex areas of commercial and transactional law, and has been an active participant in election petitions.

As a member of the Arbitration team, he has represented (on behalf of the Firm) clients such as the Federal Government of Nigeria, Eurafric Power Limited, the Attorney General of the Federation, Felak Concepts Ltd etc.

AREAS OF INTEREST:

International Commercial Law, Criminal Law, Energy Law, Intellectual Property Law, Taxation & Arbitration.

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES:

  • Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK)
  • Member, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)
  • Member, Young Lawyers Forum (YLF)

 

 

Counsel

Isaac Terhide Tsoho was called as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 2013. Prior to that, he obtained his Bachelor of Laws Degree (LL.B.) from Madonna University. He has a Master of Laws Degree (LLM) in International Maritime Law from the Prestigious Swansea University (South Wales, UK).

His past work experience has been with the law firm of Layonu & Co in Lagos, before joining the law firm of Obla & Co. in early 2016. He has vast experience garnered from active legal practice in areas such as shipping & admiralty, Real Estate, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Banking & Securities, Electronic Payments and Commercial law. His draftsman skill is well honed particularly, with emphasis on litigation and opinion writing on diverse legal issues.

At present, his professional affiliations include:

Nigerian Bar Association-Member

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Nigeria-Associate.

Counsel

Anuoluwapo (Anu) was called to the bar of England and Wales (2011) and was subsequently admitted to the Nigerian bar in 2013.

Anu has a first degree in Political Science from the prestigious Queen’s University (Canada) and studied Law at Nottingham Law School.

She has professional experience from the International Bar Association (London) and the Federal House of Representatives in Nigeria.

Her practice areas include Civil Litigation, Election Petitions, Criminal Litigation and Arbitration.

Anu has a special interest in women’s rights.

 

Memberships:

International Action Team (London)

Honourable Society of the Middle Temple

Nigerian Bar Association

Save Nigeria Group