How one of the judges under investigation asked me for N250m bribe – General Okoloagu

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Following the recent crackdown on alleged corrupt judges across the country by operatives of the Directorate of State Services, DSS, a member of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the All Progressives Congress, APC, General Joseph Okoloagu (retd), has hailed President Muhammadu Buhari over his fight against corruption.

He revealed how one of the indicted judges once asked him for N250m bribe.

This is coming after the operatives of the DSS raided the official quarters of some judges at Abuja, Gombe, Kano and Port Harcourt and arrested at least four judicial officers.

He argued that DSS acted rightly by swooping on the judges, hinging his position on what he called the nasty experience(s) of many Nigerians including himself, in the hands of some judges.

Speaking with the Sun, Okoloagu said,”It is not always good to mention names and I will try not to mention names. I must say that for the first time, I got 100 percent conviction that the fight against corruption is real. I am telling you this because I have been a victim.

“I did not go to Senate in 2007 because when I won my case at the tribunal and my opponent appealed, and went to the Court of Appeal, certain amount of money was demanded from me and I said it and I have repeated it several times.

“I jokingly told the judge that if you sell my whole town you cannot raise N250 million from them for this case. People laughed over it because I have been saying it over and over again. I did not know that the man meant it.

“When he wrote the judgment, which I have today, it was nothing but an insult on justice and the judiciary. I still keep it. It is not a judgment that anybody reading law should refer to because in most decisions, we have what we call “Stare Decisis” (Reason for the decision).

“The same judge has been indicted by the DSS. He left Enugu to Port Harcourt and later on to Ilorin, today he has been disgraced as a corrupt person.

“President Buhari does not know about my case. So the war against corruption is real. I am using my experience to tell you that the anti-corruption war is real and must continue. I have seen it, known it and have suffered from it,” he said.

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