No fewer than 254 communities of Ijaw in Bayelsa State have accused four judges of collecting a bribe of $10million each from Shell to upturn a case between them and the oil firm.
At a press conference organised by the communities in Abuja at the weekend, former presidential aspirant of the All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP in 2007 and the National Republican Convention, NRC in 1992/93 election, Chief Pere Ajuwa, said that all the evidences to substantiate the allegation against the judges are with them.
He gave the names of the judges, who include a female judge and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, who oiled the deal.
Ajuwa, who described the affected judges as dishonourable Nigerians, called on the National Judicial Commission, NJC, to investigate and dismiss them with immediate effect so as to serve as deterrent to others who have the same intention.
He said that as a result of the attitude of the judges, many Bayelsans, who were affected by oil pollution during the period, died, adding that nothing had been done to alleviate the sufferings of the people.
According to him, “The prove of the allegation is in the judgement they gave and I have the documents with me and all the Appeal Court Judges involved in these cases will be flushed out.
“The affected communities were awarded some money to be paid by the court, then the matter turned around after the collection of the bribe by the judges; the award was annulled during the ruling as communities were denied of the benefit.
“We filed a new case so the issue of court abuse was not there. The judges in question went and stage-managed the case. We will go for forensic because we know that there was a discussion between the lawyers and the judges.
“They are not dealing with fools; we want to let them understand that they are dealing with people, who know what they are saying and what they are doing.
“We respect the Nigerian Judiciary, but these judges are bad eggs among the judges and therefore, they need to be dismissed without further delay,” he said.


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