Video: Nigerian Judge Solicits N2.5m Bribe In Gambia
A Nigerian judge Justice Joseph Wowo has been sacked for soliciting a N2.3 million bribe from a Gambian-based Dutch businessman in return for a favourable judgment in a land dispute case, an online medium, Premium Times, reports.
Wowo, who hails from Delta State, was a former President of the Gambian Court of Appeal.
He was caught on tape holding a surreptitious meeting with the former Gambian Justice Minister, Lamin Jobarteh (who has also been sacked), a Dutch national, André Klaarbergen, and his Nigerian lawyer simply identified as Mene, negotiating a price to subverting the judgment of a Gambian High Court over a land dispute case, which Mr. Wowo agrees the Dutch rightly lost.
“How much are you willing to offer first so that we can negotiate,” Wowo was heard saying on tape, now posted on Youtube. “You know my position; based on my position I’m not even supposed to come here in the first place. I’m the President of the Court of Appeal and now I’m acting Chief Justice,” he continued, openly admitting he was sabotaging the course of justice by even agreeing to be at the meeting.
“I’ve read your file at the Court of Appeal, (and) that is why I said you don’t have any case at the Court of Appeal. You will lose at the Court of Appeal because the way they deal with the case at the Court of Appeal, the lawyer messed it up. That is why I called your lawyer and said let us see how we can help you,” confirming that the lower court had made the right call in the case.
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