Supreme Court Judge Says Minister Behind Corruption Allegation

Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi
Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi

More revelations have continue to come up with regards to the arrest of seven senior judges by the DSS, as one of the Judges, Inyang Okoro, of the Supreme Court, has accused the minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi as being behind his arrest.

Justice Okoro, in a letter to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mahmud Mohammed, said that Amaechi set the DSS against him because he had refused to do the minister’s bidding with regards to the election cases of Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Abia States.

“I strongly believe that my travail is not unconnected with the verbal report I made to you on 1st February, 2016 about the visit to my official residence by H/E Rotimi Amaechi, former Governor of Rivers State and now Minister of Transportation,” Okoro’s letter to the CJN read.

“In that report, I told you, my Lord, that Mr. Amaechi said the President of Nigeria and the All Progressives Congress mandated him to inform me that they must win their election appeals in Rivers State, Akwa Ibom and Abia State at all costs.”

Okoro said he declined the request and made sure that he was not in charge of the Akwa Ibom tribunal, but that Amaechi and others in the APC believed that his presence in the Supreme Court made the APC lose its challenge against the Akwa Ibom governorship election at the apex court.

He insisted that the money found in his house were legitimately earned, urging the NJC to ignore all allegations against him as they were lies.

Meanwhile, the transport minister’s media office released a statement on late Tuesday, denying ever approaching Justice Okoro and promising to take legal actions against the Supreme Court judge.

Amaechi described the allegation as a figment of Okoro’s imagination, asking him to respond to the corruption allegations against him.

The statement read: “This accusation from Justice Okoro against Amaechi is a figment of his imagination, concocted to obfuscate and politicise the real issues for his arrest and DSS investigation of allegations of corruption against him.

“The claims by Justice Okoro against Amaechi are blatant lies, bereft of any iota of truth or even logic.

“Amaechi did not, and has never approached Justice Okoro in respect of the cases Okoro mentioned or any other case.

The statement described Justice Okoro’s actions as “a cheap attempt, albeit,  political move to drag the name of Amaechi into something he knows nothing about.”




     

     

    “Justice Okoro should face his issues and leave Amaechi out of it.  He will be hearing from our lawyers,” the statement concluded.

    Recall that another of the Judges, Adeniyi Ademola, of the Abuja Federal High Court had also written to the CJN, alleging that his own ordeal was being masterminded by the Attorney General of the Federation and minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.

    Ademola cited an incident that took place some years back in Kano State, in which he had ordered Malami’s arrest, as a reason for the vendetta moves against him by the AGF.

    As the days go by, one can be sure that the controversy surrounding the ongoing corruption investigation of members of the judiciary is anything but over.

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