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ICPC arrests ex-Appeal Court justice over alleged N200m bribe

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has arrested a retired Justice of the Court of Appeal (JCA), Justice Mohammed Tsamiya , for allegedly demanding N200million bribe.

The ICPC’s spokesperson, Mrs Rasheedat Okoduwa, stated this development in a statement made available in Abuja on Wednesday.

According to the ICPC, the former JCA demanded bribe from an appellant, Mr Nnamdi Orji in exchange for a favourable judgment in a National Assembly election case at the Imo division of the court.

According to her, the offence is contrary to Section 10 of the ICPC Act , 2000, saying that the offence was committed in 2015.
She said, “The retired Justice asked Orji , who was the candidate for All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) for Arochukwu / Ohafia Federal Constituency, to give him N200million to influence the court’s decision in his favour .

“Orji had approached the court to seek redress in a case involving alleged inflation of the results of election in Arochukwu Local Government Area of Abia , which he had earlier lost to his opponent , Mr Nkole Ndukwe , at the National Assembly Election Tribunal .

“Tsamiya was alleged to have convinced the appellant of getting a favourable judgment from the court upon the payment of the money.”

Okoduwa added that Tsamiya had since been granted administrative bail by the commission after fulfilling the conditions , saying that investigation into the case is ongoing.

Andrew Orolua, Abuja.

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