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.
This is following the commencement of a probe into the 24,325 government properties that were sold to government officials under the monetisation policy of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
The bribe was said to have been for a favourable judgment in a National Assembly election case that was pending before the Imo State Judicial Division of the Court of Appeal.
The anti-graft agency said the offence violates Section 10 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.
Tsamiya is said to have committed the offence in 2015 when the retired Justice asked Mr Nnamdi Orji to give him N200m to enable him to influence the court’s decision to his favour.
Orji, who was then a candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance for the Arochukwu/Ohafia Federal Constituency, had approached the Court of Appeal, Imo State Division to seek redress in a case involving an alleged inflation of the result of the election in the Arochukwu Local Government Area of Abia Stae.
Orji had earlier lost to his opponent to Mr Nkole Ndukwe at the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal.
ICPC said: “Justice Tsamiya has since been granted bail by the commission upon the fulfilment of his bail conditions even as the investigation continues. ”