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Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu Doled Out A Whooping $50 Million To His Lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun To Bribe Justices Of The Supreme Court

Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has become more desperate in his bid to bribe the Supreme Court to evade justice over a case of submission of false information and fake tax certificate filed against him by a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State, Sir Friday Nwosu. gathered that Ikpeazu had on November 25,2017 in Lagos, doled out a whooping $50 million to his lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun to bribe Justices of the Supreme Court and the Attorney General, Abubakar Malami (SAN) to ensure that the court delivers judgment in his favour.

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The governor reportedly barked at Olanipekun that he must do everything to ensure that he is not removed from office by the Supreme Court, but the senior lawyer reminded Ikpeazu that he has budgeted $5 million for each of the Supreme Court Justices and relevant official lawyers in the executive arm of government including some members of the newly inaugurated Financial Crimes and Corrupt Cases monitoring committee.

The bribe in dollars, delivered to Olanipekun in Ghana must go bags, was meant to bribe Malami who will help them to talk and deceive the Supreme Court Justices that it is President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to deliver judgment in Ikpeazu’s favour.

The governor who was accompanied on the nocturnal visit by an international businessman, Mr. Charles Nwangwa, a member of his legal team, Chief Theo Nkire and few others, reportedly boasted that he has mortgaged Abia State for 20 years to be able to bribe to stay in power, and told Olanipekun that he does not want to hear that the AGF or any Justice of the Supreme Court rejected the bribe.

Ikpeazu also warned the senior lawyer that is better to dissolve the Supreme Court than to allow them remove him from office, but Nkire and Olanipekun reportedly advised him not to talk of dissolving the Supreme Court publicly no matter how strong he feels.

It was  further gathered that Ikpeazu retorted that the Supreme Court, who had received huge sums of money from him in his different cases against Dr. Alex Otti, Dr. Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah and failed to stop
Nwosu from returning to Court, should be dissolved without delay.

When the businessman, Charles Nwangwa suggested that instead of paying such huge bribe to the Supreme Court Judges; their kinsman, Nwosu should be approached to take half of the $50 million, but the governor said Nwosu is incorruptible and that he will kill him, no matter how long it takes.

The late night meeting was said to have ended with Olanipekun advising the governor to take things easy that there is a government in the country while Nwangwa promised to talk to Nwosu to have sympathy on Ikpeazu.

Only recently Value and Integrity Group (VIG) kicked against the inclusion of Wole Olanipekun in the Corruption and Financial Crime Cases Trial Monitoring Committee (COTRIMCO).They accused him of not being in a good position to oversee corruption cases.

According to the group led, “Chief Wole Olanipekun SAN has frustrated the trial of many corruption cases. In the civil case filed by Access Bank against Mr. Akingbola in the United Kingdom, the English court delivered judgment in 2012 and awarded damages of N212 billion in favour of the bank. In opposing the registration of the judgment by the Lagos high court Chief Olanipekun said that the federal high court was the competent forum for the registration of the judgment.

“The Lagos high court agreed and struck out the registration. The judgment was set aside. When the Central Bank of Nigeria took steps to register the judgment at the Federal High Court, Chief Olanipekun again objected and said that the Federal High Court lacked jurisdiction to register the judgment. The objection was upheld and the judgment was not registered.

“Furthermore, after the dismissal of Mr. Akingbola’s criminal case by the federal high court Chief Olanipekun turned round to argue that the Lagos High Court cannot try him because the offences committed by him are federal offences as they arose from the capital market.

“The Court of Appeal upheld the objection but the Supreme Court has rejected such frivolous objection in another case but Akingbola’s case is still suspended because his appeal has not been determined by the Supreme Court.

The case of Mr.. Ebong, ex-bank Managing Director of Union Bank has also been subjected to undue delay by Chief Olanipekun.

“Chief Olanipekun has also tried but failed to set aside the judgment of the Lagos high court in the case of Emmanuel Nwude who led a team of 419 kingpins to trick the bank manager of a Brazilian bank to part with $242 million which led to the collapse of the bank. Even though Nwude pleaded guilty and was convicted and jailed 5 years, Chief Olanipekun recently approached the Court of Appeal to return the ex-convict’s forfeited assets.

“Chief Olanipekun has successfully frustrated the trial of Senator Adolphus Wabara who was charged with corruption by the ICPC in 2005. The senior lawyer is currently defending the accused persons in the cases of FRN v Tukur; FRN v Wagbasoma and FRN v Dokpesi which are pending at the trial courts and appellate courts.

“Since Chief Olanipekun is defending such suspects and others being prosecuted by the EFCC and ICPC the prosecution will be put in an advantaged position if he is allowed to monitor the judges trying the cases.

The judges are equally going to be intimidated by the presence of the lawyer in their courts for fear that he may write adverse reports on them. We also wonder how the Chief can be asked to ensure that the judges trying corruption cases do not delay trials which are caused by him and fellow bar leaders.”

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