Another Judge Accuses Amaechi of Attempted Bribery

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi
Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi

Another Supreme Court Judge, Sylvester Ngwuta, has accused Rotimi Amaechi of attempting to compromise him to rule in favour of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in the Ekiti and Rivers states election disputes.

This is coming just few days after another justice of the supreme court, Inyang Okoro, made similar accusations against the former Rivers State governor.

Okoro and Ngwuta, are the two most senior of the seven judges whose houses were raided before they were later arrested by the Department of State Security, DSS, in the early hours of Saturday, October 8.

In a letter to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, dated October 18, Justice Ngwuta said he believes he was being haunted by Amaechi, who had threatened him after he refused to do his bidding in the Ekiti election case between Ayodele Fayose and “Amechi’s friend”, Kayode Fayemi.

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Ngwuta also pointed fingers at the current minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, whom he said tried to “destroy” him when he was in the Ebonyi appeal court in 2000.

Again, Amaechi denies

Amaechi, however, described the allegations made against him by Justice Ngwuta, as concocted lies by a “drowning man” which should be ignored.

Amaechi, in a statement by his media office said Ngwuta’s claims were “nothing but pure fiction, a dubious diversionary tale concocted to muddle the very serious issues of his arrest and investigation by the Department of State Services, DSS.”

The statement claimed “that Amaechi did not and has never lobbied, approached or attempted to make the CJN or any other Justice of the apex court to influence the Supreme Court judgment on the Rivers State and Ekiti State Governorship Elections petition appeals or any other matter before the apex court or any other court.

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It read further: “Within a space of 48 hours, we have observed a carefully planned and coordinated political attempt to drag Amaechi into the DSS arrest and investigation of judges in Nigeria.

The aim of the plot is two-fold: to smear and politically destroy the image and reputation of Amaechi, and deceitfully portray him as the person behind the arrest of judges. This is indeed most ridiculous and callous.

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“We are aware of a well-timed, heavily funded plot to “take out” Amaechi politically, and it appears that Justice Ngwuta and Justice Inyang Okoro (of the Supreme Court, who had also made similar made-up allegations against Amaechi), have wittingly or unwittingly been conscripted into this devious politics of “destroy Amaechi by all means.”

While the statement urged Justice Ngwuta to “kindly leave Amaechi alone and face the issues he has with the DSS” it added that the minister was “talking with his lawyers and will explore lawful channels to seek redress for this gross defamation against his character and person.”