It also alleged that another judge from the Port Harcourt Division of the Federal High Court received N300,000 from Nwobike, which the EFCC also confirmed was a bribe.
These allegations were contained in a counter-affidavit filed by the EFCC’s lawyer, Mr. Wahab Shittu, in reply to a further affidavit filed and allowed by Justice Mohammed Idris in a N2.5bn suit filed against the EFCC by Mr. Rickey Tarfa (SAN).
In the counter-affidavit, an operative of the EFCC, Moses Awolusi, averred, “Investigation has also shown that as part of this chain of fraud, Mr. Joseph Nwobike (SAN) also transferred the sum of N300,000 to Hon. Justice H.A Nganjiwa.
“That investigations further revealed that Honourable Justice M.N. Yunusa, as part of this scheme of fraud, also received the sum of N750,000 from Mr. Joseph Nwobike (SAN) and Co.”
But Nwobike, in his statement to the anti-graft agency, which was also attached to the affidavit, claimed that the money was not meant to bribe the judge.
He said the judge asked him for financial assistance in respect of his ill mother who was undergoing dialysis due to a failing kidney.
The judge's father-in-law died the last time, this time his mother is sick. That is our judiciary for you.