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Buhari queries Amaechi, Onu over judges allegations

07 November 2016, 11:56

Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari has queried two of his ministers – Rotimi Amaechi and Ogbonnaya Onu – over allegations that they tried to influence the outcome of Supreme Court rulings on the election appeals for Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Abia, Ebonyi and Ekiti States, reports NewsDay

The two ministers were accused by two Supreme Court Justices of trying to influence the outcome of Supreme Court rulings in these states

The two justices, Justices Inyang Okoro and Sylvester Ngwuta were among the seven justices who were arrested by the Department of State Security (DSS).

The two Supreme Court judges in separate letters to the Chief Justice of the Federation (CJN), Justice Mahmud Mohammed blamed their arrests on their refusal to yield to demands by Amaechi, Onu and other APC chieftains to give favourable judgments to the governorship candidates of the ruling party in the five states.

On receiving the judges’s letters against the ministers, Justice Mohammed was said to have informed the President by the allegations.

Also read: Amaechi asked me to influence Rivers poll judgement says arrested judge

During the CJN’s meeting with Buhari, Justice Mohammed told Buhari that his ministers, among others, alleged that they were acting on the instruction of the President.

Buhari was reported to have informed Justice Mohammed that he had nothing to do with the allegations, but asked the CJN to put it in writing.

It was gathered that after receiving the CJN’s letter against his ministers, Buhari was reported to have queried and asked Amaechi and Onu to respond to the weighty allegations.

Both Amaech and Onu denied the allegations.

It is however, not clear whether the President is satisfied with the ministers' responses.

- News 24

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