June 13, 2024

The government of Kano has expressed its concern regarding a bribery incident that was brought to attention by the chairwoman of the election petitions tribunal, Justice Flora Ngozi Azinge.

Justice Azinge had raised an alarm that a tribunal member was approached with monetary inducement in an attempt to manipulate the course of justice in favor of a client represented by a lawyer. She voiced her dismay openly in court before the commencement of a session in Kano on Tuesday, highlighting how senior lawyers were engaging in unethical conduct.

In an official statement signed by the Commissioner of Information, Baba Halilu Dantiye, it was conveyed, “The Kano state government has been made aware of an accusation put forth by Hon. Justice Flora Ngozi Azinge, the chairperson of the Kano National and State Houses of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal, regarding an endeavor to offer monetary incentives to a tribunal member, thus influencing the dispensation of justice. She mentioned that ‘money has been flying in the Tribunal.'”

Dantiye mentioned that the Kano government views this incident with grave concern, particularly due to rumors indicating the involvement of influential individuals known for their corrupt practices who are allegedly working strenuously to undermine the legitimate mandate of the people of Kano.

The commissioner emphasized that this occurrence serves as a crucial test for the current administration to demonstrate its dedication to combating corruption and upholding democratic values. He asserted that a thorough investigation should be conducted, and those responsible should be brought to justice.

“The anti-corruption agencies should take swift action, especially given that such a significant allegation was made openly in a courtroom by a respected judge,” Dantiye added.

Dantiye further explained that the Kano government takes solace in Justice Azinge’s actions, which stand as a positive testament to the presence of integrity-driven judges within the Nigerian judiciary. He also expressed gratitude towards the citizens of Kano who voted the NNPP into power with over a million votes, even in the absence of substantial federal, state, local government, and financial resources.

“The government acknowledges and appreciates the determination of the people of Kano to safeguard their mandate through any means possible,” concluded the Kano commissioner.

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