EFCC files charges against judge who allegedly received N3.5 million ‘bribe’

EFCC Operatives
EFCC Operatives

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has filed, before a Lagos Division of the Lagos State High Court, charges of unlawful enrichment to the tune of N3.5 million against James Agbadu-Fishim, a judge of the National Industrial Court.

According to the charge sheet, the EFCC alleged that Mr. Agbadu-Fishim received the funds from seven Senior Advocates of Nigeria, a Lagos-based lawyer, and a law firm between 2013 and 2015.

The money, the EFCC claimed in the charge sheet, was paid into the judge’s First Bank account with number 3008199491.

The judge, according to the EFCC, allegedly received a total of N1.15 million from Felix Fagbohungbe between December 5, 2013, and February 26, 2015.

He also allegedly received a total of N700,000 in multiple tranches from Paul Usoro (SAN) between August 5, 2014, and March 26, 2015.

Other senior advocates who allegedly paid money into the judge’s bank account include Adetola-Kazeem, who gave him N100,000 on February 10, 2015; and Uche Obi, who gave him N250,000 between October 17 and 20, 2013.

The rest include Muiz Banire, who according to the EFCC, gave the judge N500,000 on June 20, 2013; and Adeniyi Akintola, who gave him N300,000 in two tranches of N200,000 and N100,000 on June 3, 2013, and February 26, 2015, respectively.

The EFCC further claimed that the judge received a total of N250,000 from Joseph Nwobike (SAN), in tranches of N150,000 and N100,000 on December 12, 2014, and September 10, 2015, respectively; while a Lagos-based lawyer, Enobong Etteh, was said to have transferred N200,000 to the judge on October 27, 2014.

A law firm, Alliance Law Firm, according to the EFCC, also paid N250,000 into the judge’s account on August 21, 2015.

The anti-graft agency alleged that Justice Fishim received the money “so as to have a significant increase in your assets that you cannot reasonably explain the increase in relation to your lawful income.”

It alleged that the judge acted contrary to Section 82 (a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, No.11, 2011.

A date is yet to be fixed for the hearing of the case.

When they were invited by the Commission for questioning, last year, some of the lawyers accused of giving money to the judges maintained it was not a bribe.

For instance, Mr. Banire, announced at the time he would be stepping down as the national legal adviser of the All Progressives Congress pending conclusion of investigation, said the N500,000 he gave the judge was meant for his mother’s funeral.

Also, Mr. Akinola had told The Punch newspaper last year that Mr. Agbadum-Fishim had been his friend for more than 25 years.

“I gave him N100,000 twice when he lost his parents as financial assistance,” the lawyer had said.

“I did not even attend the events. He has also given me money twice: N50,000 (when I lost my mother in 2014) and another N25,000 when my daughter wedded. He attended the two events. It was a kind of exchange of gifts. I knew him when he was in the University of Abuja.”


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  • Fairgame

    Investigate and reveal to Nigerians who the endless Suicide bombers are…who their sponsors are…how and from where do Boko haram members get their weapons…and how come the Nigerian government is not making any concerted effort to apprehend or kill Abubakar Shekaw of Boko haram…or does not execute Boko haram members who slaughter Nigerians like animals in their vidoes? Why? Instead you give us useless stories about corruption when a sick and incapacitated Buhari refuses to step down and resign. Is that not corruption? Nonsense!

    • emmanuel

      Lamido Sanusi whilst the CBN Governor was accused of being one of Boko Haram sponsors. He today pretends to speak for majority of Nigerians, even after stealing so much of our monies.
      His pilfering continued immediately he got into the Kano Emirate – Dog nose not fit clean ayday.

  • dami

    Should be illegal to give a serving judge cash or kind and be illegal for a serving judge to accept cash or kind from anyone….with prescribed punishment…offense not bailable…10yrs or thereabout with no option of fine.
    Having said this – judge’s emoluments should be looked into…where salaries can be reviewed so be it…and a comprehensive benefits package (health / housing etc..) should also be on offer…

    • George

      What of the judge that animal buhari paid 500k to during his certificate forging case.

      • Reposte

        @disqus_P6H4CtCIeu:disqus

        “I sympathise with Nigerians for voting Buhari. We have a president who doesn’t have a friend outside
        the North and that’s a tragedy. As I am talking to you, I am convinced that President Buhari’s presidency
        is dead. He may be physically alive and I wish him good health, but as far as governance is concerned,
        his presidency is dead and nothing can be done to resuscitate it. A presidency can be alive in terms of
        a leader, but in terms of programmes and achievements it can be dead and historically forgotten..

        Nigeria’s president must be a man who is nationally and internationally exposed, who appreciates people
        and feels comfortable with people no matter their religion or ethnic background. That’s not the case with
        Buhari. People he is comfortable with represents a tiny minority of Nigerians and as far as I am concerned,
        you don’t have to see yourself either as an Hausa man or a Moslem. There is going to be an election in
        2019 and if Buhari were to be in good health and contest, I am sure he will lose and if he attempts to rig
        the election, there will be violence in this country.”

        …………..Dr. Junaid Muhammed

        (KANO, March 5th, 2017)

      • Irumundomon

        Buhari and those who sings his songs of praises, even when the country is sinking, are all above that dysfunctional laws of Nigeria

  • Lexis Juris

    @disqus_HTJ5f4bQSt:disqus

    Better to dissolve all Judges of courts
    and select another; than perdure in delusion that a bribe-exchange system;
    mistaken as court in Nigeria, is the last hope of the common man. Nigerians
    themselves are mostly illiterate, crass, smelly, roguish, corrupt thieves, and
    cretinoid in thoughts, and therefore, can hardly know what a failed state means,
    and that means they can’t know how close Nigeria is to a failed state even now,
    as the din from the outside world deafens; that no country in the world is willing
    to save Nigeria from its sealed fate as a country condemned. There’s no court
    in Nigeria where honesty or truth reigns as the Judges of Nigeria’s courts almost
    wholly stink of lies and bribes, besides being ignoramuses in legal analyses of
    factual disputes. No foreign court in the world cites any court decision issued
    by a Nigerian court as persuasive. Nigeria’s court judgments are too ignorant
    for mention. But why then call a building a court of law if the Judges there are
    biddable and bribed? And if there’s no slender chance of truthful declaration
    of facts therefrom?

  • Ebenezer Awosanya

    @disqus_P6H4CtCIeu:disqus

    NIGERIA’s LAWYERS are hilarious. They make people laugh and people laugh at them too. What a shame!
    The lawyers caught here will be better as Nollywood comedians than clad in black gown and white wig like
    jesters and gowns smelling in coats in stuffy courtrooms without electricity to power ceiling fans or power
    air-conditioners. These empty-headed lawyers mentioned here want to tender reasons for raping a girl,
    as if the law allows rape under any circumstances. There are no circumstances allowed either for any
    lawyer to give cash to a presiding Judge, as if a court is a bank but one where tellers are not issued.
    Yet these hair-brained lawyers say they gave cash to a bribe-addicted Judge for various ceremonies.
    They talk as if a section of law or professional ethics directs any lawyer to shower cash on a Judge.
    Let a decision be taken in the case if a Judge is the same as Sunny Ade – who is sprayed at show.

    • Fact Check 2222

      EDITOR SIR, I beg help me tell Yemi Osinbajo that there is nothing called INDIVISIBLE COUNTRY in history.
      There’s no country called INDIVISIBLE COUNTRY on the world map today. The International Court of Justice
      has ruled out that nonsense, and said that there is no indivisible country in this world since the people have
      inalienable right to form a government and to dissolve a government and therefore a fundamental human
      right to decide how they want to govern themselves either as part of an existing country or a separate one.

      • Man_Enough

        You have been told to go and you are still here complaining. Please go and form your country. Why do you want to remain in the zoo while promulgating biafra?

    • Femi Folarin

      @disqus_P6H4CtCIeu:disqus ,

      The problem with law and order in Nigeria is the thoroughgoing ignorance
      of Nigeria’s lawyers and the judges of courts – all uselessly ignorant! That’s why Nigeria’s law never developed,
      but rather stunted since October 1st 1960 when the blighted country became independent as a sovereign state.

      Since then ignorance has wrecked everything.
      Judges of courts can’t speak English; lawyers don’t read anything more serious than Ovation magazine
      and don’t mind being caught messing up lexis and structure of English in open court. Legal opinions too,
      when given by Nigerian lawyers, are un-informed for the most part; and un-informing the rest of the time.

      One reason is that precedent makes a law a law but Nigeria’s Judges somersault
      on previously decided cases by side-stepping it at will with impunity and declaring a new law each day,
      to sort of put legal administration of the zoo-like country in confusion worse confounded by bribes freely
      offered by lawyers and slyly received by robed Judges who thereafter do the unthinkable by stuffing the
      bribes into pillow-cases in their bedrooms, to avoid Police detection, just as a common criminal will do.

      • Kaykaykay

        @irumundomon:disqus

        In effect of a stench of corruptive thefts and miscarriage of justice in Nigeria,
        and as bloodletting lawlessness escalates in Nigeria under the Buhari-led APC
        government, with no policy direction, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS)
        said the unemployment rate in the country rose from 13.9 per cent in the 3rd
        quarter to 14.2 per cent in the 4th quarter of 2016. The report said that the
        period under review shows the figure of the unemployed was 27.12 million
        in 3rd quarter, compared to 28.58 million jobless persons in the 4th quarter.

    • Revosvivas

      A REVOLUTION
      DOES NOT NEED THE ENTIRE 180 MILLION POPULATION OF NIGERIA BUT RATHER NEEDS
      TEN COMMITTED NIGERIANS WHO REFUSE THE SILENCE OF THE MENTALLY DEAD MAJORITY
      AND ARM THEMSELVES WITH 3,000 COMMANDOS FOR TARGETED KILLINGS OF CORRUPTLY
      PUTRESCENT CREATURES INSIDE NIGERIA. THAT IS ALL THAT A REVOLUTION NEEDS.

  • emmanuel

    And the winnerrrrrr is Buhari; for successfully bribing Justice Adeniyi Ademola with N500,000.00 to kill his certificate forgery case.
    His Lawyer can tell us he gave him the money when he buried his father some 14 years ago or thereabout; when the then head of Ogboni died (that is called back-dating, which the APC and Buhari’s media aides are capable of doing)

    • Truth Konveyor

      Buhari’s lawyer has, probably, more than 200 clients in which Buhari is just one of them. How can a client be liable to the offense committed by his counsel? You are just being mischievous.

      • emmanuel

        I expect you to discharge all the Judges who received monies from Lawyers before you do same to Buhari’s Lawyer. That way, Nigeria Judges are all certified to be clean.
        Anything short of that is diabolical on your path!

        • Olas Janehiro

          @TruthKonveyor:disqus,

          NIGERIA IS TOO ROTTEN FOR DISCUSSION. THE WHOLE COUNTRY IS SMELLING.

          MURDERS, LIES, DECEIT, DISHONESTY, STEALING, AND BRIBES wrecked NIGERIA.

          ONLY A BLOODY REVOLUTION TO physically eliminate CORRUPT NIGERIANS will WORK.

        • Bello Tanwa

          @TruthKonveyor:disqus

          The whole Nigerian system – including the public themselves, wants oppressors – not people

          working for their collective progress, and so, when no one is planning the future of a country,

          such a country can have no future. Nigeria has descended into a hellish reality where –

          for smart and capable people to ‘survive’ and have their daily bread – they must

          prostrate for imbeciles“.

          ………Iyabo Obasanjo

          (Letter to my father, December 18, 2013)

          • Historeey

            @TruthKonveyor:disqus; One can only

            hope that Nigeria will learn its lesson from Libya; that in a revolutionary
            context, where the government itself is seen as economic threat to the pursuit
            of happiness, the army cannot be neutral, otherwise, revolutionary militias
            will take the army’s neutrality to mean army’s support for the morally wretched
            status quo of living by plunder and bribes. Where the law courts have been
            destroyed by bribes, swift revolutionary justice on the streets by the army is
            the only next feasible option if civilian militias will not be provoked, impelled or
            induced to also attack on army formations for conspiracy with rogue officials,
            just as happened in Libya. Already, the signs are there in Nigeria that the country
            is going in the same direction as Libya today. The Nigerian populace perceive
            that the army is unconcerned about the genocidal corruption going on in Nigeria
            and that the army does not fulfill its given constitutional duty to fully assist the
            people; the civilians – as opposed to complicit civilian authorities – to maintain
            law and order by rolling out the tanks against corrupt officials, to safeguard
            Nigeria’s internal security.

      • emmanuel

        enemy of Nigeria, i await your response. If you have sold your soul to the devil; for some stipends, i wish to advise you that you will run out of it soon and you will suddenly be left dry.
        Check most countries that got independence almost the same time with Nigeria, they have all left us behind. In spite of out ICT acquisitions, we have hardly moved from the same pre-independence state.
        Please look for the Photos of Victoria Island in the late 1950’s and tell me if anything significant has happened since then; except for modernisation, but not urban renewal. Yet you are carry a moral burden than has weighed Nigeria down in months.
        Only ignorance can prevent you from understanding why the developed world pushed a man with forged certificate into Nigeria Presidency, which is, the ease to blackmail him into surrender when issues must be handled in their favour.

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    • Factora & Figura

      @TruthKonveyor:disqus

      Breaking News:
      ……………………

      Today, there are now 28 million un-employed youths in Nigeria just roaming
      purposelessly inside Nigeria – a staggering figure equal to the entire population of Ghana;
      a neighbouring West African country, according to a latest official bulletin issued by the federal
      Nigerian Bureau of Statistics. The jobless figure today is over half the whole population of Nigeria
      at independence on October 1st, 1960.