Ogun PDP Urges Police IG To Probe Allegation Of Bribery Against Judge Handling Its Case - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Monday, June 8, 2020

Ogun PDP Urges Police IG To Probe Allegation Of Bribery Against Judge Handling Its Case

... Wants PDP National Deputy Chairman (South) Charged To Court 

The Ogun State chapter of People's Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the Inspector - General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to look into the allegation of bribery levelled against a judge by the Deputy National Chairman (South) of the party, Elder Yemi Akinwonmi.

The party urged the Police leadership to cause Akinwonmi to be charged with "perjury and making false allegation" and arraigned in court if he was unable to substantiate his claim.

Akinwonmi had, in a letter dated June 3, 2020, said the PDP has lost confidence in Justice Abubakar Shittu handling a case involving Ogun PDP  over alleged $250,000 bribe against the judge.

He also asked the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Abuja to reassign the case to another judge as the factional crisis between camps loyal to Senator Buruji Kashamu and Hon. Oladipupo Adebutu in the state party festers.

But in a letter dated June 4, 2020 addressed to the IGP, the state chairman,  Hon. Samson Bamgbose and and the Secretary, Mr. Adeleke Shittu called an investigation of the $250,000 bribery allegation.

Bamgbose and Shittu denied the bribery allegation, arguing that that Akinwonmi's antecedents do not qualify him to question another person's credibility. 

The two also said the case with suit number "FHC/AB/CS/44/2020," which is pending before the Abeokuta Division of the Federal High Court, was filed by them on behalf of the state executive of the PDP.

The petition partly read: "Our attention has been drawn to a petition written in respect of the suit by the Deputy National Chairman of the PDP, Elder Yemi Akinwonmi, that we bribed the Honourable Justice Abubakar Shittu, with the sum of $250,000 (Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars), to do our bidding in the suit pending before the honourable trial judge.

"We deny the allegation in its entirety, and wish to respectfully urge you to use your good offices to investigate this matter and allow the law to take its course.

"Facts have emerged that the Honourable Justice Shittu has been the target of Akinwonmi and his sponsors since 2019 when they did not succeed in their attempt to bribe him. 

"According to one Comrade Abayomi Arabambi, a former associate of an ex-member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ladi Adebutu, who is also very close to Akinwonmi, in the build to the March 9, 2019 governorship election, Adebutu and Akinwonmi made unsuccessful attempts to bribe the Honourable Justice Shittu through a certain Toyin who works in the appeal section of the Federal High Court, Abeokuta, but the upright jurist refused to see them or their emissaries.

"It is clear that the Honourable Justice Shittu became a marked person since they could not compromise him in 2019. Only God know if they have not tried and failed again; hence, the resort to cheap blackmail, outright fabrications and lies.

"It might also interest you to know that Akinwonmi’s antecedent speaks for itself. As a matter of fact, he and two others are standing trial before the Federal High Court, Lagos, over alleged N179.8million fraud. 

"In the light of the above, we wish to respectfully urge you to use your good offices to invite Akinwonmi to substantiate his outlandish claim that is lacking in details and facts. Should he fail to do so, Akinwonmi should be charged to court for perjury and making false allegation against us and the honourable jurist.

"We believe that this is the way to go so as to serve as a test case and deterrent to those in the habit of making false and unsubstantiated allegations against law-abiding citizens and public officials, including members of the Nigeria Police Force because they think nothing will happen."

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