Tribunal Judge Sacked Over Governor Wike’s N200m Bribe

Justice Mu’azu Pindiga, chairman of the Rivers
State governorship election tribunal, was removed
after a group of investigators from the Department
of State Security discovered that the judge had
accepted a bribe of N200m from Governor Nyesom
Wike, defendant in an electoral case before the
tribunal.
SR sources within the DSS said their agents
confronted the judge as well as the President of the
Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, with
evidence of the bribe.
Justice Bulkachuwa was shocked and had no
choice but to sack the tribunal chairman…
Justice Mohammed Ambrosa was then asked to
replace the compromised Justice Pindiga, as the
President of the Court of Appeal said there was no
point swearing in a new judge.
Lawyers representing clients whose petitions were
before the electoral tribunal told SR that they
welcomed the firing of Justice Pindiga.
“Apart from the fact that he has been exposed for
being corrupt, he has not demonstrated any
knowledge of electoral matters,” one of the lawyers
said. “I can tell you that a number of lawyers who
have appeared before him have found him wanting
when it comes to issues pertaining to the electoral
laws of this country,” he added.
Another lawyer echoed the sentiment. “We had
protested to the President of Court of Appeal to
replace the judge. He was a poor judge,” he said.
After learning about the replacement of Justice
Pindiga, Governor Wike’s lawyers launched a
feeble protest, criticizing the reconstitution of the
tribunal. However, their protest was silenced when
they were told that the governor’s bribe to the
removed judge had been exposed.
Governor Wike had made at least two attempts to
see the Chief Justice of Nigeria to seek the CJN’s
help to influence the outcome of the tribunal, but
the nation’s top judge declined to meet with the
governor, citing his fear of President Muhammadu
Buhari.
SR learned that Wike’s lawyers facilitated the
collection of the N200m by the ousted tribunal
chairman.

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