Judge Backs Out Of Justice Nganjiwa’s Bribery Trial
Tables turned and the justice giver is seeking justice.
A petition written by the embattled Justice Nganjiwa, asking that his case be transferred to another judge, for fear of bias, has made Justice Adedayo Akintoye of the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere to withdraw.
“In view of the letter written by the defendant to the administrative judge, the file of this case is no longer with me; this case has been transferred to another court,” Justice Akintoye informed the prosecuting counsel, Wahab Shittu, on Wednesday.
Nganjiwa’s lawyer, Robert Clarke (SAN), was absent from court.
Clarke had, at the last adjourned date, told Justice Akintoye that his client was afraid that he would not get justice should his trial continue before Justice Akintoye.
The reason, he said, was because Justice Akintoye was already hearing the case of Rickey Tarfa (SAN), who was accused of bribing two judges, one of which is Justice Nganjiwa.
“The charge, as filed, constitutes double jeopardy against the defendant. There is a sister case before this court containing virtually all the allegations and particulars in this new case.
“You cannot make up your mind in one particular case and change it in another case. We are not afraid that justice will be done, but justice must be seen to have been done,” Clarke had said.
However, rather than deliver a ruling, the judge simply said she had withdrawn from the case.
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