- The EFCC denied rumour that one of its lawyers went to the house of a judge to influence a case
- It was reported that the lawyer followed his fiancee to meet with her uncle
- The judge had scolded the lawyer in court for coming to her apartment
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has clarified that one of its lawyers, Sanusi Galadanchi, was not in the house of Justice Joyce Abdulmalik to influence any case.
The lawyer was scolded by the judge of the Federal High Court in Ibadan when he visited her residence “with the intent of influencing her decision in a case pending before her”.
The anti-graft agency denied the claim that Galadanchi was at the residence of the judge to influence an ongoing trial.
In a statement on Sunday, the commission said though the counsel, Galadanchi, was at the house of Abdulmalik, he did not know it was the judge’s residence.
Abdulmalik was reported to have scolded Galadanchi during one of the court sittings, for visiting her residence “with the intent of influencing her decision in a case pending before her”.
The Nigerian Bar Association had also criticised the EFCC describing it as “one of the agents of state trying to destroy the judiciary”.
The EFCC in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, clarified that the lawyer was only “led there (to the judge’s house) by love”
The statement read: “According to the counsel, he had accompanied his fiancé, a P.hD candidate from the Ahmadu Bello University to meet with her uncle who unknown to him is the husband of Justice AbdulMalik. According to him, himself and his partner had already arrived the premises of his Lordship when he sighted a vehicle with a Federal High Court registration number, and he immediately indicated a desire to leave.
“Unfortunately, their host, Justice AbdulMalik’s husband who had been expecting them was already at the doorway and prevailed on him to stay. He recalls that when his Lordship came into the living room and saw him, she expressed her displeasure and left for another living room.
“He noted that after the meeting, his fiancé’s uncle led them to meet Justice AbulMalik where she sat and Galadanchi apologised to her for his innocent presence in her home and she accepted the apology. It was therefore shocking that his Lordship waited until three months after to raise the visit in an open court."
The EFCC said its lawyer's visit has nothing to do with influencing judgement but accompanying his fiancee to see her uncle.
Meanwhile, the EFCC praised the federal government for the introduction of Bank Verification Number (BVN).
The EFCC's acting boss, Ibrahim Magu, on Thursday, October 10, said that the commission helps the federal government to recover the sum of N4.5 billion on monthly basis from the menace of ghost workers.
Speaking in a lecture in Abuja, Magu said that the EFCC was able to do this through the instrumentality of the BVN initiative, adding that the President Buhari-led administration is bent of ridding the country of all traces of corruption.
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