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Amaechi asked me to influence Rivers poll judgement says arrested judge

19 October 2016, 10:34

Abuja - A Justice of the Supreme Court, Inyang Okoro, who is among the seven judges arrested by the operatives of the Department of State Services between October 7 and 8, has accused the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, as the one who instigated his ordeal, Punch reports.

He said in his four-page letter dated October 17, 2016 and addressed to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, that he strongly believed that Amaechi had a hand in his travails because the Supreme Court ruled against the All Progressives Congress’ governorship candidates in Abia, Akwa Ibom and Rivers states.

He also said during the raid on his house in Abuja which started around 9pm on October 7 and ended at about 1am on October 8 by the DSS operatives, the sums of $38 800 and N3.5m were recovered in his residence.

He said the sums of money recovered during the search of his home by “so many heavily armed men” were the balance of his unspent estacode for the past three years.

On the involvement of Amaechi in his ordeals, the Justice said both the minister and the APC’s governorship candidate in Akwa Ibom State in the 2015 poll, Umana Umana, made attempts to use him to influence the decision of the Supreme Court on the election cases.

He said both men at different times paid him visits in their bid to influence the apex court’s decisions.

Okoro said during Amaechi’s visit, the former Rivers State governor said President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC wanted him (Okoro) to help in influencing the Supreme Court to deliver judgments in favour of the party.

He said Amaechi claimed to have sponsored Umana’s election and as such could not afford not to win the case that was to later come before the apex court according to Vanguard.

Reacting,  Amaechi described the allegation by the judge as a figment of his imagination,

He denied the allegation that he approached the judge for a favourable judgment.

The former governor of Rivers State, who stated this in a statement by his media office, asked the judge to respond to the corruption allegation levelled against him.

Read the judges' letter below:

- News 24


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