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Corrupt Judges: VP Osinbajo Hold Closed Door Meeting With Leaders Of NBA

Nigeria's Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo was on Monday, October 17, held a closed-door meeting with the leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and while the agenda of the meeting was not disclosed, it is believed to have been in connection with the ongoing investigations of corruption in the judiciary.

The NBA had, following the raid on the houses of six judicial officers and their arrest by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), issued a strong statement condemning the action.

The NBA had also promised to set up a crisis management team to interface with the presidency on the investigation of the judges for corruption.

While no statement has been issued about the meeting with the vice-president, one NBA source said they were merely paying the vice-president, also a senior advocate, a courtesy visit.

The source said the new NBA leadership led by its president, Mr Abubakar Mahmoud, thought it necessary to pay Osinbajo a visit, the first since their emergence in August.

Meanwhile, a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) who spoke on the condition of anonymity has stated that the committee has been looking into the case of a Court of Appeal justice who allegedly took a N30m bribe from a senator.

The Nation reports that the PACAC member hinted that the judge stuffed some of the cash, paid in dollars, in his shoes and walked barefooted to his car.

The senator thereafter complained to the PACAC led Prof Itse Sagay which then forwarded a petition to the National Judicial Council (NJC).

The PACAC member said: “The senator told us that the judge asked for N50million but he could only pay N30million and lost the case for not meeting up with the balance.

“He said when the judge came at night to collect the bribe, he stuffed every available space and went to a ridiculous extent of stuffing some of the money in his shoes. The judge then decided to walk barefooted to his car.”

The corruption committee member also stated that the government would see to the logical conclusion of the case against the judge as the senator was ready to testify against him in court.

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