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EFCC files fresh charges against Justice Fishim over ‘N4.8m corrupt enrichment’

Justice Fishim

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has filed a criminal charge against Justice Agbadu James Fishim of the National Industrial Court (NIC) over alleged unlawful enrichment to the tune of N4.8 million.

Justice Fishim, who is one of the five judicial officers recently recalled from suspension by the National Judicial Conucil (NJC), was slammed with 19 counts of unlawful enrichment by a public official in contravention of Section 82(a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, No.11, 2011.

The charge was filed at the Lagos State High Court sitting in Igbosere

According to Channels, the judge is alleged to have received money from seven Senior Advocates of Nigeria and a law firm between June 2013 and August 2015 through his account domiciled in First Bank Plc.

The anti-graft agency gave the names of the senior advocates as: Felix Fagboungbe, Paul Usoro, Enobong Etteh, Uche Obi, Muiz Banire, Adeniyi Akintola, Gani Adetola-Kaseem, Joseph Nwobike and Alliance Law Firm.

In the charge, EFCC claimed Fagboungbe gave the judge N1.3 million in four installments, while Usoro gave him N1.1 million in three installments.

The commission also alleged that Etteh gave the judge N400,000 in two installments, while Adetola-Kaseem was said to have given him N100,000.

It further claimed that Uche Obi and his law firm, Alliance Law Firm, gave Justice Fishim N500,000, while Niyi Akintola gave him N500,000 in three installments.

Nwobike, according to the anti-graft agency, gave the judge N250,000 in two installments while Muiz Banire gave him N500,000.

The EFCC has listed 16 persons, including six of the lawyers, as witnesses in the case, which is yet to be assigned to a judge for trial.

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