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Akpabio denies bribing Supreme Court Judges

11 October 2016, 10:08

Abuja - Former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, has condemned social media reports linking him with bribery allegations against Supreme Court judges.

The State Security Services (SSS), over the weekend arrested seven judges, including two justices of the Supreme Court, in multiple raids across Nigeria. The SSS accused the judges of bribery and corruption.

Akpabio, who is the Senate Minority Leader, described as “spurious, baseless and false”, a story published on the social media that he bribed Supreme Court judges to swing the 2015 Akwa Ibom governorship election petition in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Udom Emmanuel.

The All Progressives Congress in the state, in February, had asked President Muhammadu Buhari to probe the Supreme Court judgment which declared Emmanuel winner of the 2015 Akwa Ibom governorship election.

The senator, who accused the APC in the state of sponsoring the story against him, said he never had any contact with any judge with the intention to offer bribe. He said he was exploring the option of going to court to protect his reputation.

The senator said it was sad for the APC in Akwa Ibom to celebrate the ordeals of one of the arrested judges of the Supreme Court, Justice Inyang Okoro, who is an indigene of the state, instead of the party to wait for the SSS to conclude its investigations.

Meanwhile President Muhammadu Buhari has made his first official reaction to the arrest of seven senior judges by operatives of the State Security Service according to News24.

Buhari said the raids on the judges residence by the State Security Service, SSS, was an assault on corruption and not on the judiciary.

Seven judges, including two of the Supreme Court, were arrested in the raids, condemned by lawyers and rights groups, and are expected to be charged to court from tomorrow.

The president in a statement by his media adviser, Garba Shehu, described the raids as ‘surgical’ saying due process was followed in the arrests.

The Presidency assures that the President reserves his highest respect for the institution of the judiciary as the third arm of government.

- News 24


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