Former Enugu Chief Judge Faces Trial For Corruption
Justice, Innocent Umezuluike was a Chief Judge in Enugu State, but he is the one in the dock.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday brought the former Chief Judge before Justice A.O. Onovo of the Federal High Court in Enugu, Enugu State.
He is facing a one-count charge of 'use of office to confer corrupt and unfair advantage' contrary to Section 19 of the Independent and Corrupt Practices and other related (Offence) Act.
According to the prosecutor, EFCC, Justice Umezuluike had, when he was still the Chief Judge, received money from someone standing trial as a donation at the launch of his book.
On February 2014, Justice Umezuluike invited Prince Arthur Eze who, at that time, was a litigant in pending and concluded civil matters being presided by Umezuluike to the launch of his book entitled "ABC of Contemporary Land Law in Nigeria".
Prince Eze donated 10 million Naira to the defendant.
The EFCC in the charge filed said the Justice conferred unfair advantage upon himself by inviting Prince Eze, who is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Oranto Petroleum Ltd who was a litigant in pending and concluded civil matters.
When the case was called, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge.
His plea made the prosecution counsel, Wahab Shittu, apply for a trial date.