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Abeokuta: Sina ODUNTAN
Published, Sunday, January 10, 2021

BREAKING: Ogun NUJ Litigants Plan to Steal Judgement

AS THE CLOCK TICKS towards February 24, 2021 final judgement in the election tussle between Messrs. Soji Amosu and three others and NUJ President, Chris Isiguzo, National Secretary, Malam Lema, Remi Olugbenro, Caretaker Committee and nine others before the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, NICN, Ibadan, Oyo State, some Litigants who fear that the judgement may not be favourable to them are desperately making clandestine moves to influence the outcome.

A party to the court matter who is in cahoots with some supporters has been seen to have visited the industrial court in Ibadan on two occasions last week, according to sources familiar with their subterranean moves.

According to multiple sources, following their unsuccessful efforts to penetrate the Ibadan based industrial court the party has prowled the Ogun State Judiciary, Abeokuta Division in search of pliable judicial officers to assist it to open links with the presiding judge of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN), sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State.

The sources familiar with the efforts to corrupt the judge told this newspaper that the litigants have however successfully approached some senior judicial officers at Isabo, Abeokuta, Ogun State, for help.

The dispatch is briefed by two sources on call that the judicial officers (names with held for the time being) have opened communication between the Ibadan court and the desperate litigants, who have promised to grease their palms and the court.

The sources said the litigants are allegedly dangling N10million promise before the judicial officers.

The paper investigation uneaths that the desperados and their sympathisers are running from pillar to post to raise the money with which to purchase the judgement.

This exercise in gaze aversion of the anti-corruption crusade of the Chief Justice of Federation, Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, and President Muhammadu Bihari has not disuaded already approached money-bags from making money available to those desperados, who are bent to purchase the judgement with the dirty lucres.

Some of the money-bags, according to sources familiar with the discussions are certain transport business guru based in Abuja and some businessmen from certain parts of Ogun State whose businesses are considered illegitimate.

More revealing is the readiness of judicial officers to bend the course of justice, despite the recent disgrace meted out to the country’s judiciary not long ago by the combined EFCC and DSS actions against them.

However, the paper is also inundated by the highly placed sources closed to other party to the litigation its preparedness to upend the efforts to compromise justice.

According to a member of the party (who does not want his name in print yet), his group is already aware of the clandestine moves of its opponents and it has informed its counsel to raise a very strong worded petition to the National Judicial Council and other legal councils to counter their nefarious moves.

This paper throughout the count-down to February 24 judgement will keep the public abreast on Ogun NUJ crisis in the weeks, days and hours ahead of February 24 when Daniel will come to “fair” justice at NICN, Ibadan, Oyo State.

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