ICPC Arrests Judge for Demanding N200 Million Bribe
The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) has arrested a retired Appeal Court judge, Justice Mohammed Tsamiya, for allegedly demanding a N200m bribe in exchange for a favourable judgment in a National Assembly election case that was pending before the Imo State Judicial Division of the Court of Appeal.
ICPC stated that Tsamiya demanded the bribe from a certain Nnamdi Orji. The ICPC said the offence, which violates Section 10 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, was alleged to have been committed in 2015, when Tsamiya was still in service.
Orji, who was the candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance for the Arochukwu/Ohafia Federal Constituency, was told if he paid the bribe, the court would rule in his favour.
Orji had approached the Court of Appeal, Imo State Division, to seek redress in a case involving an alleged inflation of the result of elections in the Arochukwu Local Government Area of Abia State, which he had earlier lost to his opponent, Nkole Ndukwe, at the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal.
The retired judge was alleged to have assured the appellant of getting a favourable judgment from the court upon the payment of the money, The Punch reports.
“Justice Tsamiya has since been granted bail by the commission upon the fulfilment of his bail conditions even as investigation continues,” the ICPC added.