APC chairman, Oyegun
APC chairman, Oyegun

AS reactions continue to trail the bribery allegation levelled against former governor of Rivers State and Minister of Transportation, Rt Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the State, has given Justice Inyang Okoro of the Supreme Court one week to withdraw the allegation or face jail term. This is contained in a statement issued on Thursday in Port Harcourt, signed by State APC Chairman, Chief Davies Ibiamu Ikanya. The statement, which described as wild and baseless, the allegation contained in Justice Okoro’s letter to the National Judicial Council, NJC, alleging that his travails as the DSS was connected to the failed attempt of Amaechi to bribe him on the Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Abia States election matters, promised to invoke section 23(1) of the ICPC Act against the Learned judge. According to the statement, “while the judgement in the Rivers State governorship election dispute was given by the Supreme Court on January 27, 2015, Justice Okoro in his letter to the NJC claimed that Rt. Hon. Amaechi tried to bribe him on February 1, 2015 to influence a ruling made four days earlier and nine months to alert the public about the alleged bribery attempt! “If we may ask Justice Okoro, why should Amaechi or anybody attempt to bribe him for an election upturned by both the Tribunal and the Appeal Court?” The statement drew the attention of Justice Okoro to the provisions of the Corrupt Practices And Other Related Offence Act 2000, which makes failure to report bribery or a bribery attempt a crime that attracts both a fine and a jail term. Below are the relevant provisions of the said Act: “(23)-(1) Any public officer to whom any gratification is given, promised, or offered, in contravention of any provision of this Act, shall report such gift, promise or offer together with the name, if known, of the person who gave, promised or offered such gratification to him to the nearest officer of the commission or police officer. “For failing to report the fictional bribery attempt by Amaechi, Justice Okoro has committed an offence that attracts up to two years imprisonment. We are hereby giving him one week to retract his worthless and satanic letter and apologise to Amaechi or we may be forced to set in motion a machinery to invoke the Corrupt Practices And Other Related Offence Act 2000,” the statement added.

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