Tribunal: Ebonyi debunks alleged perversion of justice with N1bn bribe 

Ebonyi state government Sunday denied the alleged plans of bribing tribunal judges with the sum of one billion naira.

There was an allegation by one Paschal Oluchukwu, president of the Association of Ebonyi Indigenes Socio-Cultural in the Diaspora (AEISCID), that the state governor, the National Assembly members, and APC leadership in the state have plans to hijack the cost of justice in the tribunal with N 1billion.

But the state commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Jude Okpor, in a press briefing Sunday denied the allegations.

Mr. Okpor regretted that Mr. Oluchukwu allowed himself to be used by politicians thereby abandoning his activism.  

He said: “The government of Ebonyi state respects the judiciary and its Lordships. Our unshakable confidence in the Nigerian judicial system is not in doubt. The governor has no reason to panic over the outcome of the cases in the election tribunal since he was overwhelmingly voted into office alongside other candidates of the APC by the good people of Ebonyi state. 

“Governor Francis Ogbonnaya Nwifuru is aware that the tribunal judges are men of integrity and impeccable character who can never stoop so low as to demand or accept any form of financial inducement from anyone or a group of people.

“Ebonyi state government under the leadership of our God-fearing governor, Nwifuru, has never planned to bribe, either directly or by proxy any member of the judiciary or its representative to bend the course of justice. 

“The majority of Ebonyi people made APC their choice and massively voted for over 90% of the candidates of APC in the just concluded general elections. Therefore, it is needless to go through the backdoor to seek help from anyone against the hammer of justice.”