Groups Call For The Prosecution Of Amaechi Over Bribery Allegation

By Ikenga Chronicles October 22, 2016

The Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose; the Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere; the Indigenous People of Biafra,IPOB; human rights lawyers and a host of others on Friday called for a probe into the allegations leveled against the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, by some justices of the Supreme Court.

Justices John Okoro and Sylvester Ngwuta had accused the minister of attempting to bribe them to pervert the course of justice and influence the outcome of the tribunal rulings on governorship elections of Akwa Ibom, Abia and Ekiti states.

Fayose, who is in the centre of the allegation fired the first salvo through one of his media aides, Lere Olayinka, noting that, for a justice of the apex court to have deposed to an affidavit, it means he had sworn to the truth to the best of his knowledge and ability, and that such an allegation should not be left lying low.

“Our take is that the allegation should be looked into. When is the DSS storming Amaechi’s house? When is Amaechi going to be arrested? When is President Muhammadu Buhari going to order investigation into these damning allegations?” Fayose queried.

Also Secretary-General of Afenifere, Bashorun Seinde Arogbofa, specifically called for the suspension of both Amaechi and the judges so as to conduct a thorough investigation of the allegation that the minister wanted to pervert the course of justice.

The septuagenarian leader said the judges and Amaechi should vacate office and face investigation if the anti-corruption war of  Buhari must be taken seriously, saying that it would be wrong for both the judges and the minister to remain in office at the same time when they were being investigated.

“With what is happening, it is difficult to get at the truth of matters. Even then, can there be fire without smoke? The way these people have been parading themselves shows that a lot is shrouded. When Amaechi was governor, people said he had questions to answer about his financial dealings.”

A human rights lawyer, Morakinyo Ogele, said since Amaechi has no immunity, he should be investigated and if found guilty should be prosecuted. Ogele said it is an offence punishable under the law to want to bribe judges saying, “The man should not be spared because he belongs to the president’s political party”.

On its part, the leadership of IPOB accused President Muhammadu Buhari as well as the All Progressives Congress (APC ) of shielding the former governor insisting that the allegation of inducing the judges must be probed.

The organisation in a statement signed by its spokesman, Emma Powerful, noted that the alleged attempt to induce judges to thwart justice was corruption of unimaginable magnitude. “This is corruption in the highest order and the president is shielding him and others.”

“The APC is bent on ruining the country, if not so, why is the government still appointing corrupt people while there are good and transparent people in Nigeria? Some people in APC have been alleged as corrupt errand boys who shared money to judges to deliver cases in favour of the APC.”

 

According to Mr. Powerful,  “The fight against corruption in Nigeria is a system where government of the day uses the agencies to torment the opposition group.”

“Therefore, the government and the givers of bribe are corrupt because the law says that he who gives and he that takes bribes are both corrupt and it is dangerous for the government to still retain those corrupt people, if the government still believes in fighting corruption with high level of transparency.”

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