Leave Amaechi alone, defend corruption allegations against you, Sagay tells Supreme Court judges

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The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption. Itse Sagay, has lambasted two Supreme Court justices for levelling allegations of bribery against the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi.

Justices John Okoro and Sylvester Ngwuta, in separate letters to the immediate past Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mahmoud Mohammed, alleged that Mr. Amaechi sought to influence their judgements in election petitions before them in favour of the All Progressives Congress.

The judges were among the seven judges arrested last month for alleged corruption by the State Security Service, SSS. They were later released and have been suspended by the National Judicial Council.

While Mr. Okoro alleged Mr. Amaechi sought to pervert justice in the governorship election disputes in Ekiti, Rivers and Ebonyi states, Mr. Ngwuta accused the minister of seeking to bribe him to get favourable judgement in Abia, Akwa Ibom and Rivers election petitions.

Mr. Amaechi has since denied the allegations.

Mr. Sagay said in a statement, Thursday, that the outburst by the two justices was surprising, considering that it was totally unrelated to the raids of their premises, their arrest and subsequent charges.

He said men of that status should not indulge in such diversionary activities in the midst of grave and ominous charges facing them.

“I would have thought that they would use the time at their disposal to prepare their defences against the serious charges they are facing,” Mr. Sagay said in the statement which he issued in his personal capacity.

“In any case, given their statuses as Supreme Court Justices, even in the middle of the adversity confronting them, they should not have engaged in a distraction totally incompatible with the dignity and respect that their high offices attract.

“It is demeaning for them to abandon their legitimate defence in order to smear a high official of the Buhari government, which latter, they probably consider to be the source of their predicaments.”

Mr. Sagay, a professor of law and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, argued that mere allegations could not have enough weight to affect the position of such a high official as Mr. Amaechi, “otherwise knowing the disposition of Nigerians for putting people down, no office holder will be safe in this country.”

He said, “It is therefore improper and ridiculous to compare the position of the Justices in whose houses millions of naira and hundreds of thousands of dollars were recovered, to that of Amaechi against whom there is only the mere ipse dixit of the Judges.”

Mr. Sagay said the anti-Amaechi narrative was consistent with the objectives and interests of the chief promoters and funders of judicial corruption during election petitions.

According to him, the powerful opposition politicians were well known.

He said, “To be more specific, they are from Rivers and Akwa-Ibom States. They are the ones who financed judicial corruptions and brought that great institution, the judiciary, to its knees, after the 2015 elections.”

Mr. Sagay said the allegations were intended to undermine and weaken the Buhari-led federal government, by depriving it of the service, input, ideas and productivity of some of its brightest stars.

“This is intended to set the stage for charging the government with ineffectiveness and cluelessness.

“In other words, it is an attempt to reduce the image and perception of this Federal Government to the low level of their own late and unlamented government.

“Therefore, the call for Amaechi to step down is malicious and vindictive. It should be ignored with complete ignominy.”


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  • Emeka

    Prof. nothing more to add, but to say “thank you Sir.”

    • Izedomi Ohirein

      I agree.

    • Julius

      Indeed.

  • Kevin Peter

    Of course, what did you expect Sagay to have said other than doing his pay master’s job. For the day he talks on the contrary, he would also be out in the labour market. So, to me, all his argument holds no water; for unless some of those serving in the present government that are accused of being corrupt are made to face the wrath of the law, the Buhari administration would be seen to be biased and never be trusted in subsequent elections.

  • thusspokez

    The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption. Itse Sagay, has lambasted two Supreme Court justices for levelling allegations of bribery against the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi.

    If this man were to issue his very ugly statement elsewhere in the world, he would be deemed unfit for his job and called to resign.

    This man’s position should give him the privilege and opportunity to serve Nigeria ; it should not be be abused to defend any member of the government, let alone the notorious first-class looter minister Amaechi?

    • Sean

      He who alleges must proof! Thousands of dollars and millions of naira were recovered, Sagay has proof, and your allegation against Amaechi must be backed by proof and law operates on proof and evidence not hearsay! My few words should make some sense to you, if not…..well

      • thusspokez

        He who alleges must proof!

        Yeah, the Nigerian who alleges… must turn police detective, then prosecutor, then jury and judge, and finally, the executioner!

        • Tunji Olarewaju

          The matter has been charged to court, though no date yet fixed for trial, let the government present it’s proof and the defendant his defence before arriving at any prejudiced ‘conclude'(apologies Zebrudiah)

          • Charles

            Prejudiced conclusion against Amaechi or the Judges?

      • Charles

        Yes, you are dead right, no one can proof the allegation against Amaechi in this dispensation, but do you believe that God is watching us. We can deceive man but we cannot deceive God. When God shall sit on his Judgment sit, the sky will turn dark.

  • James Ojapa

    It will be interesting to know what the reverred prof sagay has to say about the kogi judgement delivered by the duo of ngwuta and okoro or is his analysis simply a case of he who pays the piper? If not how can sagay conveniently ignore the biggest miscarriage of justice and the most shameless perversion of it constitution that the kogi judgement was

    • Yahuza Sani Sagagi

      James, this is another evidence of corruption added to the accused justices.

  • vagabonds in power

    This Itsekiri man ——-Sagay————is a National Disgrace——-if not a curse to the people of Itsekiri—–And would be one of those who will bring down the failed government of Bingo Buhari————–Sadly the Itsekiris for centuries have been like that——-when an Itsekiri man sees white he would turn it to black—–when he see red he will tell u—it is blue———That is why u have most Itsekiris pretending to be Fulanis in the North—Most of them are being awarded schorlarships in the Fulanis North –because their mothers have sold them to the house of the Fulanis—————There are many generals in the armed forces who are itsekiris but answering Northern names————–That was how they deceived Awo-lied to him the Itsekiris migrated from Ife to the Niger delta—when the Itsekiris were among those freed slaves from Free town—dumped in koko by the Portuguese—sailors———-Thief armed robber——–Amaechi should go—–the same way the judges left———

  • Sean

    Professor Sagay has spoken, the Intelligensia community understands, but the uneducated wailers will misrepresent this and use it as a tool to abuse!! But in all, only the truth shall triumph! Always

  • Julius

    Why the hell they didnt report him at the time they claimed the bribes were offered to them? Now, they are lying to drag somebody else down in the hope that will get them off. Nonsense.

    • Tunji Olarewaju

      That should explain to you that yibos they don’t deserve a place at the high table.Somebody somewhere is always to blame for their lack of common sense

      • Julius

        Ma da won lohun jare. Oloshi ni won.

  • Wali Ahmed

    The former CJN has not denied that these Supreme Court justices reported Amaechi and Buhari to him.

    I recall vividly that the then CJN released a press statement asking politicians to desist from visiting judges. I know Nigerians do not recall such things, but Sagay should stop playing with the intelligence of Nigerians.

    The justices are just being punished for not obeying orders from above. Gaskiya d’ Allah.

    • Sincere-Voice

      Did the CJN come out to say yes, the report is true? It does not work like that bro. This is not family policy that can be bend at will, it’s the law of the land and it’s well spelt out.
      Those judges shouldn’t have mentioned anything like that if they truly know who they are. You see a judge talking like a primary 2 pupil.

      • Wali Ahmed

        He does not need to do so.

        He has through the NJC condemned the DSS raids on the Judges and the executive arm of government’s rascality for authorizing a raid on serving Judicial officers.

        The problem is not fight again corruption, it is intimidating serving judicial officers. It will be tidier if NJC recommends the removal of judges before the executive can attack them personally. Else, the executive can, in the GUIs of

        • Sincere-Voice

          It seems this whole is too big for you to comprehend. Because all you are saying is totally different from what those you seems to be supporting are saying.
          Please when last did you hear the word intimidation of the judiciary? Nobody is saying that again. Those of you that were chorusing it at the start of this matter has kept a sealed lips in shame. The last set of unstable people that said that, the governor of Rivers state, Wike and his counterpart in Ekiti, Fayose couldn’t say anything when the CJN came out to say, they were confronted with evidences.
          So when you say intimidating serving judicial officers, I wonder which planet you just appeared from because the same judicial officers you’re referring to say just two days ago that the NJC were too silent and accommodative of corrupt judges.
          Please upgrade your knowledge on matters and stop running backwards.

      • front man

        Well said

    • Yahuza Sani Sagagi

      “The former CJN has not denied that these Supreme Court justices reported Amaechi and Buhari to him.”

      Has he denied that the judges gave him enough evidence to act on their reports?

  • Tunji Olarewaju

    Not on your life, Sagay, not on your life. The average yibo must blame someone or something for his self-inflicted travails but himself. Some even commit patricide with the excuse their parents are responsible for their lack of progress in life as if everybody is destined to be rich! Can you beat that

    • vagabonds in power

      This Itsekiri man ——-Sagay————is a National Disgrace——-if not a curse to the people of Itsekiri—–And would be one of those who will bring down the failed government of Bingo Buhari————–Sadly the Itsekiris for centuries have been like that——-when an Itsekiri man sees white he would turn it to black—–when he see red he will tell u—it is blue———That is why u have most Itsekiris pretending to be Fulanis in the North—Most of them are being awarded schorlarships in the Fulanis North –because their mothers have sold them to the house of the Fulanis—————There are many generals in the armed forces who are itsekiris but answering Northern names————–That was how they deceived Awo-lied to him the Itsekiris migrated from Ife to the Niger delta—when the Itsekiris were among those freed slaves from Free town—dumped in koko by the Portuguese—sailors———-Thief armed robber——–Amaechi should go—–the same way the judges left———

      • Charles

        Are you talking of Sagay or Itsekiri why can’t you pass your message without dragging a whole tribe into it?

    • Decimator

      Just how you put your comment shows your level of thinking. If Ibos are sub-humans to you and your cronies and they wanted to leave your Nigeria and form their own country, the logical consequence from you and your cronies should be an explosion of joy. I have never seen anybody who insists on keeping a sub-human and trouble maker permanently in his household, even when he your supposed sub-human, expresses the willingness to go, except you and your cronies.

    • Charles

      can’t you pass you message without tribal baggage, honestly you are sick.

  • vagabonds in power

    DSS Invades Bureau De Change Operators, Forces Dollar Down To N400.

    The Muhammadu Buhari’s government have ordered the officers of the Department of State Services (DSS) to clampdown on Bureau de Change operators, a measure they drafted to force down the exchange rate of he US dollar to the Nigerian Naira. Two companies in Lagos and Abuja were invaded by the DSS in an attempt to end speculation in the foreign exchange transaction at the parallel market against the forces of demand and supply and sure up the value of Naira—————–

    • Decimator

      That is the level of intelligence of the man who succesively presented himself for the Oval office for 13 consecutive years, claiming to know the solution to all Nigerian problems.

  • Iskacountryman

    but it was amaechi who gave them the money…

  • sirh

    This Sagey is not ashamed to be dirty, posterity shall make a verdict on him.

  • Eze Ukachukwu

    Are we not supposed to take every allegation serious and investigate to establish the veracity or frivolity of the allegation? When people like Sagay toe this unusual line,one begins to suspect double standards

  • George

    All these shameless men Buhari selected to eat with him are complete dunce talking without reason.

    Judges are accused, they must face their defense but Ameachi well known criminal is accused, he shouldn’t face his our defense rather he should be left alone because SaiGay has eating from him.

    Buhari won’t be president for alive.

    • Yahuza Sani Sagagi

      Who is accusing Amaechi?

  • Sincere-Voice

    The statements of the judges after their arrest further shows or ignorant and unfit they are as a judges. In life, there would always be reasons for everything. Even a lazy man has reasons for his laziness. But in the issues bordering on laws and constitutional matters, it is clear and direct.
    Anyone in a caught in a corner can say anything. No sane judge would talk like those judges talked.

  • Es3

    It is either this man, a supposed Professor, is mentally deranged or still reeling under the over-dosage of APC’s devilish election propaganda?!

    How can Amaechi be left alone??? Is answering to corruption allegations meant exclusively for judges and others in other parties or other vocations????! So when the judges would be answering to theirs, what would Amaechi and others they were accused in writing be doing???

    Itse Sagay is senile!

  • Decimator

    Sagay the Senior Advocate of Nutrition(Stomach). Gotten your renumeration from your paymaster?

  • Charles

    This man is sick, Nigeria is sick. He was just menstruating through his mouth. oh my God we have created hell.

    • front man

      Nawa oooo

  • osezuwa

    Sagay is actually very sick. Amaechi has been accused of corruption long before the judges allegation. What is he talking about? This clueless govt of Buhari and APC is what sagay is trying to defend by all means. Devil will punish all of you because you don’t know what Nigerians are going through.