EFCC finds N632.2m in judge’s account


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The EFCC has made a startling discovery about former Enugu State Chief Judge Innocent Azubuike Umezulike. Detectives found N632.2m in his bank account, reinforcing the reason for his involuntary retirement, The Nation reports.

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The agency also found that the lodgements came from lawyers, businessmen, politicians and litigants. Umezulike was believed to have operated the account without a BVN. 

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The former Chief Judge has been invited for interrogation on January 17 on some of the “shocking” lodgments. The NJC on September 29, 2016 recommended Justice Umezulike for compulsory retirement.

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The NJC said it recommended Umezulike to Governor Justice Lawrence Ugwuanyi of Enugu State for compulsory retirement for “delivering judgment in a case 126 days after final addresses were adopted by parties, and for other instances of abuse of office”. 

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The council also found Justice Umezulike guilty of allegedly “receiving a donation of N10m from a businessman, Prince Arthur Eze, during his book launch while two cases in which Eze was said to have had “vested interest”, were in the judge’s court.” 

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