Bayelsa East Senatorial District, Senator Ben Murray Bruce, has thrown a jab at President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC-led government, over the report that the president gave Justice Adeniyi Ademola N500,000 while his certificate controversy was pending before Ademola.
A witness in the corruption trial of Justice Adeniyi Ademola had alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari gave the embattled judge N500,000 while his certificate controversy was pending before the judge.
The lawmaker took to Twitter asking the question: "What is the difference between 'gift' and bribe?"
An operative of the SSS, Babatunde Adepoju, who led investigations into the allegations, confirmed on Tuesday that he had been told, during interrogation of Mr Agi, that a gift of N500, 000 was sent through President Buhari’s lawyer, Kola Awodehin, to Mr Ademola.
The money, was allegedly sent as a gift for Ademola’s daughter’s wedding, and was delivered to the judge by Kola Awodehin, a lawyer who represented the president in a case of alleged forgery of secondary school certificate before the 2015 elections.
When Mr Agi’s lawyer asked Adepoju whether the N500,000 given at a time when Mr. Buhari had a pending case before Mr. Ademola, amounted to a bribe, so that the judge would rule in his favour.
Mr Adepoju answered in the negative, stressing that “such would amount to a speculation in my opinion”.
On Tuesday, the prosecution closed its case against Ademola, after presenting all its witnesses.
Lawyer to Ademola, Onyeachi Ikpeazu, thereafter told the court that his client would like to make a no-case-submission.
The trial judge, Jude Okeke, adjourned the matter till March 15 for hearing of the application.