The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offence Commission, ICPC, has dragged a former Presiding Judge of the Owerri division of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ladan Tsamiya before an Imo State High Court for demanding N200 million.
The judge was alledged to have demanded the bribe from a politician so as to influence an appeal pending before his court.
His arraingment was however stalled on Friday as the judge failed to appear in court. His lawyer, David Adegbe, however informed that court that his client traveled abroad for medicals.
The trial judge, Justice Eze Njemanze fixed July 5 as the new date for Tsamiya’s arraingment.
ICPC’s counsel, who opposed the defense counsel, insisted that the accessed person was deliberately taking the court for granted.
Justice Njemanze, while adjourning the arrangement till July 5, frowned at the accused person’s absence in court, warning that the court would not tolerate it on the next adjourned date.
He also warned that if the accused failed to appear before him on July 5, he would issue a bench warrant for his arrest.
Head of Public Enlightenment of ICPC in Imo State, Chinwe Nwozo, while speaking with journalists, said the agency was arraigning the accused for allegedly demanding N200m from a politician to influence an appeal case before his court.
She said: “We are arraigning Justice Ladan Tsamiya for asking for N200m to influence an appeal.
“The appeal before him was an electoral matter and it was a politician that he was demanding the money from. The court has asked us to come back on July 5 to enable us arraign him. His absence frustrated his arraignment but I am happy that the court reprimanded him through his lawyer. Hopefully, we will arraign him on July 5.”
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