As Magu insists on prosecuting him
There is strong indication that the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, the Attorney General of the federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, and the acting EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu, would be meeting early next week to decide the fate of embattled chairman of Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, Justice Danladi Umar, over allegation bordering on N10million bribe.
Judicial source yesterday told Nigerian Pilot Saturday that the meeting will enable the commission to decide whether to initiate prosecution against Justice Umar or to compel him to resign or embark on compulsory retirement.
According to the source, the newly appointed acting EFCC boss, after perusing Justice Umar’s case file, was bent on prosecuting him.
The source further added that following the probe by the Nigerian Senate, another pending suit before a federal high court Abuja seeking the removal of the embattled judge, the CJF, Justice Mahmud, will take a drastic stand on the matter early next week.
It was gathered that Lamorde had on March 5, allegedly authorised a memo to be sent to the then Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, confirming details of how in 2012, the CCT boss demanded for a bribe of N10million from a former Deputy Comptroller General of Customs, Mr Rasheed Taiwo, and later accepted a part payment of N1.8m.
The bribe was said to have been demanded by the CCT chairman from Mr Taiwo to quash a charge of false asset declaration against him.
Lamorde, in the memo with Reference No EFCC/EC/SGF/03/56, informed the SGF that upon interrogation, the CCT boss in writing, admitted meeting the said Rasheed Taiwo privately in his chamber and that he (CCT boss) also admitted using his phone to send bank account detail to Taiwo to pay the bribe in a Zenith Bank Account.
Lamorde’s letter which he personally signed was entitled “Investigation Report on N10m Bribery Allegation against the Chairman, Code of Conduct Tribunal, Abuja.”
The letter read in part “We refer to your letter ref. no. SGF.19./S.24/II/451 and dated 23rd February, 2015 on the above mentioned case reported by one Mr. Rasheed Taiwo (DCG rtd) of 6AB Milverton Road, Lagos against the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Justice Danladi Umar, and his Personal Assistant, one Gambo Abdullahi.”
“The complainant, who is facing charges at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, alleged that Justice Umar made direct demand for the sum of N10 million to quash the charges sometimes in 2012.”
“He disclosed that he was compelled to pay the sum of N1.8m after persistent inundation with phone calls from Justice Umar, who received the bribe through the Zenith Bank account of one Ali Gambo Abdullahi, his Personal Assistant in December, 2012.”
“Investigation was extended to one Hon. Justice G.A Oguntade (rtd) who confirmed that the complainant informed him in 2012 of the issues he had at the Tribunal and the demand being made by Justice Umar. He disclosed that Justice Umar denied the allegation when he called him.”
“There is a prima facie evidence to however, prosecute the Personal Assistant, Abdullahi, who could offer no coherent excuse for receiving N1.8m into his salary account from Taiwo, who is an accused person standing trial at the Tribunal. The full money has been recovered from him in May, 2014 and aptly registered as exhibit,” he said.