The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has arrested Justice Mohammed Tsamiya over an alleged N200m bribe.
It was gathered that the retired Justice of the Court of Appeal demanded the money from one Nnamdi Orji in exchange for a favourable judgment in a National Assembly election case pending before the Imo State Judicial Division of the Court of Appeal.
The ICPC revealed this in a statement.
According to the statement, the offence contravenes Section 10 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.
Tsamiya reportedly committed the offence in 2015, when the candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance for the Arochukwu/Ohafia Federal Constituency, gave him N200m to sway the court’s ruling in his favour.
Orji had approached the Court of Appeal, Imo State Division, seeking redress in a case involving an alleged inflation of the result of election in the Arochukwu Local Government Area of Abia State, which he had earlier lost to his opponent, Mr. Nkole Ndukwe, at the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal.
Reports showed that the retired judge was alleged to have assured the appellant of a favourable judgment from the court if he pays the money.
“Justice Tsamiya has since been granted bail by the commission upon the fulfilment of his bail conditions even as investigation continues,” the ICPC statement noted.