– Corruption in the judiciary was recently blown open with the raiding and arrest of some judges in Nigeria by the DSS
– The head of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof Itse Sagay, has reacted to issues raised by some of the affected judges
The chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Professor Itse Sagay, has revealed that corruption of judges was rampant in the two states of Rivers and Akwa Ibom and that this was carried out by opposition politicians in these states after the 2015 elections.
Sagay spoke on Thursday, November 10, in a statement while reacting to allegations by two judges of the Supreme Court that Rotimi Amaechi, the transport minister, offered them bribes.
The two senior judges, Sylvester Ngwuta and Inyang Okoro, who accused Amaechi, the immediate past governor of Rivers state, are under probe for alleged corruption.
Their allegation had resulted in calls for the suspension of Amaechi as a minister as well as the removal of other top officers of the Buhari government suspected of corruption.
The Punch reports that while describing the judges’ allegation as an after-thought, Sagay said: “This sudden anti-Amaechi narrative is consistent with the objectives and interests of the chief promoters and funders of judicial corruption during election petitions.
“These powerful opposition politicians are well known. To be more specific, they are from Rivers and Akwa-Ibom states.
“They are the ones who financed judicial corruptions and brought that great institution, the judiciary, to its knees after the 2015 elections.
“These allegations are intended to undermine and weaken the Buhari-led Federal Government, by depriving it of the service, input, ideas and productivity of some of its brightest stars.
“This is intended to set the stage for charging the government with ineffectiveness and cluelessness. In other words, it is an attempt to reduce the image and perception of this Federal Government to the low level of their own late and unlamented government.”
He urged them to stop pointing fingers and prepare for their trial.