How Lawyers Allegedly Bribed National Industrial Court Judge

A prosecuting witness in the ongoing trial of Justice James Agbadu-Fishim revealed on Friday how some Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) made deposits of various sums into Agbadu-Fishim’s bank accounts.
The witness, a staff of First Bank, Solomon Akhanolu, alleged that the lawyers paid various sums of money into the account of the Judge at different times.
Agbadu-Fishim of the Lagos Division of the National Industrial Court is facing 19-counts of unlawful enrichment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), at an Ikeja High Court in Lagos
He is alleged to have illegally received N4.4m from seven SANs, a lawyer and a law firm from 2013 to 2015.
The seven SANs accused of unlawfully enriching the Judge are Felix Fagbohungbe, Paul Usoro, Uche Obi, Muiz Banire, Adeniyi Akintola, Gani Adetola Kazeem and Joseph Nwobike.
Agbadu-Fishim is also alleged to have received funds from a Lagos-based lawyer, Enobong Etteh and Alliance Law Firm.
While being led in evidence by Wahab Shittu, the lead prosecuting counsel for the EFCC, Akhanolu said: “I am employed by First Bank of Nigeria as a forensic officer and by Nov. 3, 2017, I would be in the bank’s employment for eight years.
“My primary duty is to act as an intermediary between the bank and law enforcement agencies. On Oct. 13, 2016, I received a letter from the EFCC requesting for some bank account documents of James Agbadu-Fishim.
“There are three accounts namely, 3008199491, 2006900326 and 0009508696 respectively, belonging to Agbadu-Fishim James,” he said.
“From the information generated from account number 300819491, on December 5, 2013, Chief Felix Fagbohungbe (SAN) made a deposit of N200, 000. On December 19, 2014, a deposit of N250, 000 was made by Fagbohungbe.
“On February 26, 2015, another deposit of N250, 000 was made by the same Fagbohungbe and on August 7, 2014, a deposit of N250, 000 was also made by Fagbohungbe.
“On March 25, 2015, a cash deposit of N200, 000 was done by Paul Usoro (SAN) and on March 26, 2015, Usoro also made another deposit of N200, 000.
“On October 24, 2014, a cash deposit of N200, 000 was made by Enobong Etteh and on Feb. 10, 2015, there was a fund transfer of N100, 000 from Adetola Kazeem (SAN).”
Akhanolu in his testimony gave further details of various deposits made by lawyers into 2006900216, a second First Bank account, which is also in the name of the judge.
“On October 17, 2013, a cash deposit of N150, 000 was made by Uche Obi (SAN); on December 20, 2013, Obi made a deposit of N100, 000.
“Dr Muiz Banire (SAN) paid N500, 000 into the account on June 20, 2013.
“On July 1, 2013, Chief Adeniyi Akintola (SAN) made a deposit of N200,000 and on December 29, 2014, Dr Joseph Nwobike (SAN) deposited N100,000,” the forensic officer revealed.
The trial Judge, Justice Raliatu Adebiyi adjourned the case until November 23.

Author: News Editor

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