The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, has arrested a retired Appeal Court judge, Justice Mohammed Tsamiya, for allegedly demanding for N200m bribe. The judge demanded for bribe in exchange for a favourable judgment in a National Assembly election case that was pending before the Imo State Judicial Division of the Court of Appeal.Orji had approached the Court of Appeal, Imo State Division, to seek redress in a case involving an alleged inflation of the result of election in the Arochukwu Local Government Area of Abia State, which he had earlier lost to his opponent, Nkole Ndukwe, at the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal. The retired judge was alleged to have assured the appellant of getting a favourable judgment from the court upon the payment of the money. “Justice Tsamiya has since been granted bail by the commission upon the fulfilment of his bail conditions even as investigation continues,” the ICPC added.
Rasheedat Okoduwa, the commission’s spokesperson said in a statement that the offence, which violates Section 10 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, was alleged to have been committed in 2015.
She said retired Justice asked Orji, who was the candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance for the Arochukwu/Ohafia Federal Constituency, to give him N200m to influence the court’s decision in his favour.