0.6 billion naira found in former chief Judge’s Bank account

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The Economic and financial crimes commission, EFCC, recently made a startling discovery while investigating a former chief Judge of Enugu state, Azubuike Umezulike. The anti-graft commission reportedly uncovered N632 million in a secret account owned by the judge.

Investigations by the commission further revealed that the money in the account came from lawyers, businessmen, politicians and litigants. Suspicions strengthened  when it was discovered that the account was run without a bank verification number (BVN).

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Umezulike has been invited by the commission for interrogation on January 17 over the suspicious lodgements.

The NJC on September 29, 2016 recommended Justice Umezulike for compulsory retirement alongside Justice Mohammed Tsamiya, who was the Presiding Justice of the Ilorin Division of the Court of Appeal

Justice Kabiru Auta of Kano State High Court was recommended for dismissal.

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The NJC said it recommended Umezulike to Governor Justice Lawrence Ugwuanyi of Enugu State for compulsory retirement for “delivering judgment in a case 126 days after final addresses were adopted by parties, and for other instances of abuse of office”.

The council also found Justice Umezulike guilty of allegedly “receiving a donation of N10m from a businessman, Prince Arthur Eze, during his book launch while two cases in which Eze was said to have had “vested interest”, were in the judge’s court.”

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