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Friday 27th November 2020,
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EFCC Recovers N1.8m Bribe Collected By CCT Judge Handling Saraki’s Case, Justice Umar.

Saraki Case

The N1.8million part payment of bribe allegedly given to the Indicted Judge of the Code of Conduct tribunal, Justice Danladi Umar by an accused standing before him, Alhaji Abdulrasheed Taiwo Owolabi has been recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

 

A retired Deputy Comptroller-General of Customs, Taiwo Owolabi, alleged that the indicted Justice Danladi, who is the judge handling the Senator Bukola Saraki’s case, through his personal Assistant, Gambo Abdullahi, demanded the sum of N10million from him to free him from the corruption allegations leveled against him before the CCT.

 

 

 

Saraki Case

 

 

Mr Owolabi  stated that out of the sum of N10million, he made a payment of N1.8 million through a Zenith Bank cheque issued on December 12, 2012 for the amount of N1.8million from his Bourdillon Branch on Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, and received the same day by Gambo Abdullahi, the appointed Personal Assistant to Justice Danladi in his Usuma Branch, Maitama Abuja.

 

Gambo before this payment have N1,448.41 as his accounts balance, but the N1.8m bribe money increased it to N1,900,448.41. The money was promptly withdrawn the same day by the Abdullahi, who told EFCC investigators that he handed over the cash to Umar by hand.

 

Justice Umar also admitted that he met privately with Taiwo in his chamber of the CCT. This has since been considered most unethical and highly suspicious conduct on his part.

 

But the EFCC, which has since charged Justice Umar and his PA to court over the allegation, said the first thing it did was to recover the alleged bribe.

 

EFCC’s lawyer, Andrew Akoja stated this in court while opening his case against the CCT Chair

 

“The full money has been recovered from him in May 2014 and aptly registered as exhibit.”

 

“There is a preponderance of overwhelming evidence against Gambo Abdullahi, who could offer no coherent excuse for receiving N1.8 million into his salary account from Taiwo, who is an accused person standing trial at the CCT.

 

The charge sheet sighted was signed by Andrew Akoja, of the Legal and Prosecution Unit of the EFCC.

 

Count 1:

“That you Danladi Yakubu Umar and Ali Gambo Abdullahi, being public officers in the CCT, Abuja, on or about December 2012 in Abuja, within the Judicial Division of the Honourable Court, did engage in culpable conspiracy to obtain the sum of N10 million from one Rasheed Taiwo Owolabi for a favour to be shown to him in connection with the discharge of your official duties and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 26 (1) (c) of the ICPC Act 2000 and punishable under Section 10 (a) (11) of the same Act.

 

Count 2:

“That you Danladi Yakubu Umar and Ali Gambo Abdullahi, being public officers in the CCT, Abuja, on or about December 2012 in Abuja, within the Judicial Division of the Honourable Court, did engage in culpable conspiracy to obtain the sum of N10 million from one Rasheed Taiwo Owolabi for a favour to be shown to him in connection with the discharge of your official duties and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 26 (1) (c) of the ICPC Act 2000 and punishable under Section 10 (a) (11) of the same Act.

 

Nigerians have requested that Justice Danladi Yakubu Umar should with immediate effect be relieved of all the cases he is handling, especially the one concerning the the Senate President, Bukola Saraki at the CCT.

 

A Judge that is indicted of asking and receiving bribes from an accused person in order to give them favourable judgement must not be allowed to discharge his duties again as a Judge.

Justice Danladi Umar’s character and integrity has been impaired and his continued presence in Nigerian courts or tribunals defies commonsense and logic.

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