Saturday, June 19, 2021

Nigerian judge withdraws from bribery case linked to Bill Gates Foundation

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Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja on Monday withdrew from the suit filed by the Coalition of United Political Parties, and its spokesperson, Ikenga Ugochinyere, against Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.

The CUPP and Ugochinyere had alleged that the leadership of the house collected $10 million bribes from Bill Gates to pass the Infectious Disease Bill pending before the house.

Justice Taiwo returned the case file of the suit to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court.

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The leadership of the house had in its response to the allegation, set up a committee to investigate it.

But Ugochinyere, on his part, rushed to the court to stop the probe.

The speaker, through his counsel, Mr Kayode Ajulo, filed a preliminary objection to challenge the suit.

When the matter came up on Monday, the judge frowned at what he described as misrepresentation of facts in the matter.

After expressing his displeasure, he withdrew from the matter and returned the case file to the Chief Judge for reassignment.

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Speaking to newsmen, counsel to CUPP, Mr Obed Agu, said that the comments coming from the National Assembly concerning the matter were not palatable.

“It is quite unfortunate, but the judge has declined and is taking the matter back to the CJ, when he reassigns to another judge, we will come back,” he said.

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