Election Petition Tribunal: Stop Attempts to Bribe Me – Justice Azinge


Speaking in open court in Kano, Flora Ngozi Azinge lamented how senior lawyers particularly engage in unethical practice.


Justice Flora Ngozi Azinge has cried out that a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, is attempting to bribe her, according to a report by DailyNigerian.


Azinge is the Chairman of a Kano State National and State Houses of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal.


Speaking in open court before the commencement of the session on Tuesday in Kano, the judge lamented how senior lawyers particularly engage in unethical practices, including attempts to compromise judges.


Although she did not disclose the identity of the senior lawyer, justice Azinge said the SAN in question has a pending case before the tribunal that she is privileged to Chair.


She said those who create scenario for judicial abuse are the ones we trust to assist the dispensation of justice, adding that “A Senior Advocate of Nigeria who has a pending case before me is attempting to bribe me. Money has been flying in this tribunal. Whoever collects money on my behalf, God will punish that person and his generation yet unborn and to the fourth generation.


“They keep abusing judges, insulting us every day in the news papers, in the media that we are taking bribe forgetting that some lawyers specialise in purchasing injustice.


“Let me repeat again that nobody should approach me with money. I’m contented with what God has given me, and I have a roof over my head,” she said.


Mr. Eyitayo Fatogun, SAN, who was present in the court for a matter, stood up on behalf of all lawyers present and urged the judge to escalate the matter to the appropriate authorities.


The senior counsel argued that he was privy to cases where judges who failed to report cases of this nature were cited for judicial misconduct because some lawyers in the habit of compromising judges have the guts, ways and means of compromising judicial officials making innocent people to suffer.

“Such lawyers do not have a conscience,” said a complaint at the court.

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