The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offenses Commission has arrested a retired Appeal Court judge for allegedly demanding bribe to the tune of N200m.
According to a statement by ICPC spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa, the retired judge, whose name was given as Justice Mohammed Tsamiya, allegedly demanded a N200m bribe in exchange for a favourable judgment in a National Assembly election case that was pending before the Imo State Judicial Division of the Court of Appeal.
The commission says it arrested Justice Tsamiya, for allegedly demanding N200m bribe from Mr. Nnamdi Orji, in exchange for a favourable judgment in a National Assembly election case that was pending before the Imo State Judicial Division of the Court of Appeal.
The ICPC said the offence, which violates Section 10 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, was alleged to have been committed in 2015.
The retired Justice asked Orji, who was the candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance for the Arochukwu/Ohafia Federal Constituency, to give him N200m to enable him to influence the court’s decision in his favour.
Orji had approached the Court of Appeal, Imo State Division, to seek redress in a case involving an alleged inflation of the result of election in the Arochukwu Local Government Area of Abia State, which he had earlier lost to his opponent, Nkole Ndukwe, at the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal.
The retired judge was alleged to have assured the appellant of getting a favourable judgment from the court upon the payment of the money.
“Justice Tsamiya has since been granted bail by the commission upon the fulfilment of his bail conditions even as investigation continues,” the ICPC added.
The ICPC vowed that anyone found to have contravened the law would be prosecuted upon conclusion of the investigation.