Inyang Okoro, a justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, has alleged he was being victimised with his recent arrest by the Department of State Security, DSS, for refusing to comprise the outcomes of the governorship tribunals of Rivers and Akwa Ibom States.
In his letter to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, Okoro claimed Rotimi Amaechi, former Rivers governor and, currently, minister of transportation, had met him with the demand. Okoro added that Amaechi told him he was sent by President Muhammadu Buhari to liaise with the him (Okoro) on how to comprise the appeals. Also in the letter, the embattled justice claimed he informed the CJN of Amaechi’s visit.
However, Amaechi denied the claim, threatening to sue Okoro for defamation.
“This accusation from Justice Okoro against Amaechi is a figment of his imagination, concocted to obfuscate and politicise the real issues for his arrest and the DSS investigation of allegations of corruption against him.
“The claims by Justice Okoro against Amaechi are blatant lies, bereft of any iota of truth or even logic,” a statement from Amaechi stated.
Furthermore, Okoro explained that the $38,800 and N3.5m recovered in his residence during the raid were his unspent estacodes.