The State Security Services (SSS) has released details of how yet to be arrested judge attached to the Port Harcourt Division of the Federal High Court, Mohammed Liman received bribes in the ongoing crackdown on senior judges across the country.
Premium Times reports that sources at the State Security Services said Liman, among other corrupt conducts, allegedly took bribes from Governor Nyesom Wike to give favourable judgement to the Ahmed Makarfi-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The sources also accused the judge of habitually crossing Nigerian borders to allegedly receive bribes from litigants.
Liman is among eight other judges being investigated apart from the seven arrested in the Friday night raids.
The source said Liman allegedly took bribes to subvert justice in the leadership tussle within the PDP which has left the party factionalised for several months.
Liman’s July ruling authenticated the Ahmed Makarfi faction of the PDP which had been deemed illegal by Justice Okon Abang.
“We received a petition that he (Liman) received bribes to give his ruling and our investigations confirmed it,” a top SSS official said.
The source added that Liman is “also a distributor” who receives bribes on behalf of other judges and helps distribute it.
“He travels across the border to Ghana, Republic of Benin and other West African countries to meet lawyers in hotels to take bribes for himself and his colleagues on the bench,” he said.
The source also said the amount involved in Liman’s botched arrest on Saturday morning was actually $2.5 million, and gave more explanation as to why operatives’ failed to arrest the judge or get the money.
“The vehicle that was used to cart away the $2million was faster than our men’s own,” the source said.
“They just couldn’t catch up with them at such a high speed. It’s like chasing a 7-cylinder vehicle with a 3-cylinder.”
“We will arrest him in coming days; we have no doubt about this as we have enough evidence to nail him in court. By bringing Governor Wike in, he has worsened his own case.”
Meanwhile, Justice Liman while reacting to the raid on house of Supreme Court Justices by the DSS, threatened to quit the bench.
According to the Thenigerianlawyer, Liman said the house raided by the DSS was not his, adding that the agency missed its target.
“I believe most of the members heard or read about the reported raid in PortHarcourt and my name has been mentioned as the judge in whose house $2m dollars was stashed.
“Since yesterday this story has been on the headlines and captions on most social media platforms. The truth is that all that you’ve read is more of misinformation and disinformation; substantially untrue account.
“The truth is that we live as neighbors to the DSS,their address is 35 and mine is 33.
“That night the DSS came to house 34 where they wanted to search but they were refused entry and later Gov. Wike was said to have come and engaged the security outfit in a near physical struggle, as the report suggested.
“I wouldn’t have known of the incidence if my neighbor in house 34 had not called me to inform me of the presence of strange people at her gate.
“All this while the melee lasted to around 4:00a.m.,I was in my house monitoring the events, and remained indoors until later in the day when I felt it was no longer safe for me to continue to remain.
“However I feel distressed that the DSS indirectly claimed they have evidence I stashed $2m, and when contacted I employed thugs and with Governor Wike to obstruct them from carrying out the search and that I later transferred the money to an unknown place.
“I do not think I need to refute this allegation because it would only make sense if they had actually targeted my house for the search.
“The truth is that due to their incompetence they bungled the operation and are desperately searching for alibi to save their heads.
“Unfortunately I have found myself in the middle of a dirty politics between Wike and the Federal Government and perhaps my notoriety for delivering controversial judgements; because the cases are also controversial and the stakes probably very high.
“I’m not asking anybody to believe or disbelieve whether I stashed $2m, an amount that is equivalent to about N1b.
“Perhaps you might think the DSS probably exaggerated the amount, but all these would have been relevant considerations if they had actually searched my house.
“If I had $2m or even a quarter of it I would have abandoned this horrible profession that has lost its dignity.
“In fact I have already lost interest in it and have made up my mind to say bye bye to it. I believe there is a life beyond every other thing.”
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