One of the judges under probe for allegedly collecting from a senator N30million bribe was said to have stuffed dollars he collected as bribe in his shoes and walked barefooted to his car. He stuffed some of the cash, which was in United States dollars, in his shoes and walked barefooted to his car.
Also yesterday, it was learnt that most of the nine arrested judges had petitions against them with the National Judicial Council (NJC). The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, is said to have the list of judges to be investigated in the last five months. Although the list was shown to some legal authorities by the CJN, no action was taken by the NJC, a source claimed.
PACAC has about 50 petitions sent to it against some judges by some aggrieved Nigerians, One of the said complaints came from a senator who alleged that a judge demanded about N50million from him to influence a case but he paid N30million. The money was delivered to the Court of Appeal Justice in dollars. But following the senator’s inability to pay the balance of N20million, the judge gave judgment against the senator, it was alleged. A source said:
“The senator told us that the judge asked for N50million but he could only pay N30million and lost the case for not meeting up with the balance.
“He said when the judge came at night to collect the bribe, he stuffed every available space and went to a ridiculous extent of stuffing some of the money in his shoes. The judge then decided to walk barefooted to his car.
“We have the complaint against the judge and the senator is ready to testify because the judge did not refund the N30million to date. The government is going to see to the logical conclusion of this case against the judge.”
Asked to name the judge, the source added: “The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), disclosed the name of the justice at a session with the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to underscore why the bench must be rid of bad eggs. The NBA has been briefed, let them also talk.
“This is to show that the government is transparent about the whole process. It is not a witch-hunt at all.”
The highly-placed source gave insight into the arrest of nine judges and how the operation was conducte