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Lagos court sentences senior lawyer to jail for bribing two judges

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Lagos court sentences senior lawyer to jail for bribing two judges

A judge of the Lagos High Court, Raliat Adebiyi, has sentenced a senior advocate of Nigeria, Joseph Nwobike, to one month. 

He was however convicted on 12 counts bordering on allegation of inducement to pervert the cause of justice. Nwobike was however acquitted on five counts of giving gratification and one count of making false statement.

Details:

  • Nwobike was accused by the EFCC of offering the sums of  N750,000 and N300,000 to Justices Mohammed Yunusa and Hyeladzira Nganjiwa, both of the federal high court.
  • He was first arraigned on five count charges on March 9, 2016 by the EFCC, which was later amended the charges on two different occasions.
  • The EFCC argued that the monies were meant to prevent the cause of justice. However his lawyers said the N750,000 given to Justice Yunusa was not a bribe but “for the specific purpose of helping the (sick) mother of the gentleman.”
  • Justice Adebiyi did not give Nwobike the option of paying a fine.

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