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Bribery Allegation: Apologise or face court action, SAN tells Senator Abbo

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, and former Attorney-General of Akwa Ibom State, Chief Uwemedimo Nwoko, has slammed the erstwhile Senator for Adamawa North, Elisha Abbo, for accusing the President of the Court of Appeal, PCA, Justice Monica Dongban- Mensem, of collecting bribe to pervert the course of justice.

The former AG, in a statement on Wednesday, vowed to institute a legal action against the former lawmaker, for raising such a “weighty allegation” against the PCA and other Justices of the appellate court, without adducing any evidence to back his claim.

Nwoko, SAN, maintained that Senator Abbo must tender a public apology to the entire judiciary for describing the Court of Appeal President as a “cash-and-carry judge.”

He noted that the lawmaker after his election was nullified by the court, also fingered the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, as the brain behind his misfortune.

“On the 1st February 2024, Senator Elisha Abbo in a widely publicised Press Conference made very wild and unsubstantiated allegations against the President of the Court of Appeal, the Honourable Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, the Honourable Justice Chioma Iheme Nwosu (A Justice of the Supreme Court designate) and Honourable Judges of the various Tribunals and Courts as well as Justices of the Court of Appeal.

“Senator Abbo in his reckless and unconscionable Press Briefing described the President of the Court of Appeal as a cash-and-carry Judge.

“He alleged that Judges now send their children and agents to go around asking for bribes.

“It is instructive to note at this stage that up till this moment, Senator Abbo has not produced any iota of evidence to substantiate his weighty allegations.

“We take very strong exceptions to the criminal blackmail deliberately fabricated and calculated to impugn on the integrity and reputation of our revered and hardworking Judges and Justices by characters like Senator Abbo.

“May I remind Senator Abbo that when he lost the case that removed him from the Senate, he openly accused the Senate President, Distinguished Senator Godswill Akpabio, CON of being the architect of his misfortune?

“When he was confronted with the task to prove the allegation he promptly went on his knees and apologised profusely to Senator Akpabio and retracted the allegations.

“It is sad and most unfortunate that this Senator who shot into the limelight on account of his misconduct in a Sex Toy Shop in Abuja would have the criminal courage and effrontery to malign, degrade and make such invidious imputations against our Justices and judiciary simply because he lost a case.

“I wish to state most categorically that it is totally unacceptable, morally reprehensible and legally culpable for a person with Senator Abbo’s moral credentials and profound deficits in character content to embark on such character assassination against our Justices who have sacrificially built their good reputations over the years.

“This brand of nonsense and unprovoked attacks against our Judicial Officers and the Judiciary must stop.

“I challenge Senator Abbo to promptly produce verifiable evidence to substantiate his allegations or be ready to face the consequences in law,” the statement read.

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