- The Department of State Services said it did not accuse Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, chairman, presidential election tribunal, of bribery and corruption
- Public relations officer of the service, Peter Afunanya, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, May 12
- Afunanya urged politicians to be law-abiding and respect the process of litigations regarding the activities of the tribunal and leave the service alone
The Department of State Services (DSS) has denied that it indicted Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, Chairman, Presidential Election Tribunal, for bribery and corruption.
Public relations officer of the service, Peter Afunanya, made this known in a statement on Sunday, May 12, in Abuja, in reaction to reports of such indictment of the judge by DSS.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that he urged the public to disregard the report, saying it only excited the imagination of the authors.
Afunanya said that described the report as “unfortunate”, adding that it falsehood, whose being taken to the public was unethical. He said the service had commenced a detailed investigation into the controversies surrounding the publication.
The spokesman advised politicians to be law-abiding and respect the process of litigations regarding the activities of the tribunal “and leave the service alone”.
He said that the service would continue to collaborate with the media as strategic partners in nation-building.
Afunanya also admonishes media practitioners to be law-abiding and professional in the execution of their responsibility.
He warned mischief makers causing disaffection in the polity to desist from such acts as the full weight of the law would be visited on them.
“The DSS remains unwavering in providing the enabling environment for the pursuit of legitimate aspirations by well-meaning and law-abiding members of the populace.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Peoples Democratic Party called on President Buhari and the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, to speak up on the allegations of corruption levelled against Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, president of the Court of Appeal.
The party in statement issued by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, said: “on account of this allegation and the nefarious plot to bring the name of our party into its narrative, the PDP charges the Buhari-led presidency to come clear on the corruption allegation it opened on Justice Bulkachuwa.”
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