- A chief magistrate, Mohamme Balogun, has been jailed for three year over bribery
- The jail term was secured by the ICPC for Balogun after 15 years of trial
- He was said to have demanded N1million from a litigant, Isidore Nnadi, for the purpose of giving him favourable judgment
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has secured a three-year jail term for a chief magistrate, Mohammed Balogun, for collecting a N50,000 bribe.
The Nation reports that the magistrate had demanded N100,000 from a litigant, Isidore Nnadi, for the purpose of giving him favourable judgment.
Legit.ng gathered that Nnadi, however, alerted the anti-graft agency which later effected the magistrate’s arrest.
He was arrested during a sting operation after receiving the marked cash.
A statement issued by the spokesperson for the ICPC, Rasheedat A. Okoduwa, however, said that Justice Ishaq Bello gave the convict an option of N500, 000 fine to stave off prison stay.
The statement said: “Balogun was charged before Justice Ishaq Bello by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on a two-count charge of demanding and receiving bribe from a litigant in his court, Isidore Nnadi.
“The convict was arrested after collecting the sum of N50, 000 as gratification from the litigant, following a sting operation by ICPC.
“The commission, in the charge sheet, said the actions of the convicted magistrate violated Section 8 (a) (ii) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 and punishable under the same section.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that some Nigerians judges were arrested over alleged corruption. The affected justices of the Supreme Court were: Sylvanus Ngwuta and Inyang Okoro. The affected judges of the Federal High Court were Muazu Pindiga, Adeniyi Ademola, Abdullahi Liman and Nnamdi Dimgba.
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