By ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
Child Rights Activist, Comrade Ighorhiowhunu Aghogho on Sturday told the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Offences Commission (ICPC) that some officials of the Delta State Customary Court of Appeal allegedly demanded the sum of five hundred thousand Naira bribe “orally” from him to transfer a case between him and one Engr. Odeseneka Gabriel from the Customary Court I,Isiokolo to Court II, Abraka in Ethiope-East Local Government Area.
The case with Suit NumberEEACCI/5T/18
wasinitially transferred from Abraka to Isiokolo based on a pending petition written by Aghogho against the President of the Customary Court which is yet to investigated by the President of the Court of Appeal.
The Court Officials fingered in the matter includes, the Director of Court, Mr. Monday Dibie as well as the Chief Registrar of the Court.
In a petition signed and made available to AUTHENTIC News Daily, Aghogho tendered exclusively a text message indicating the bank details of the Court Official.
Aghogho insisted that the Court Official allegedly made the demand of the said sum from him after his petition to transfer the case to Court II.
The text message reads thus,”The Director of Court, Mr. M.Dibie has earlier sent me his account details through his mobile number 08037462181 with sms message as follows: “Eco Bank plz,Asaba Branch ,Acct Name:Dibie Monday, Acct no.2542037666”demanding orally for the sum of N500,000.00 he spent transferring the said case from the Ethiope East Area Customary Court II Abraka based on the petition written by me dated 14/12/17″.
Aghogho explained that because he bluntly refused to pay the said sum into the accounts of the Court Official account details he(Court Official)provided because he does not give bribe,The Director of Court, Mr. Monday Dibie as well as the Chief Registrar corruptly re-assigned the
to the President of Ethiope East Area Customary Court II, Abraka,O.D Okeakanam,Esq through a letter dated 30th May 2018, reference number DSCCA/145/VOL.11/83 and signed by Mr. M.Dibie through a purported warrant.
Aghogho claimed that O.D Okeakanam,Esq is a subject of a pending petition dated 14/12/17 submitted by to the office of the President of the Delta State Customary Court of Appeal Asaba.
“I have earlier accused O.D Okeakanam(Esq) in my petition dated 14/12/17 hence the matter was transferred in the first instance from his court to Isiokolo.
“Re-assigning the said case to O.D Okeakanam(Esq) who is yet to be investigated or under investigation is an abuse of power, manifest corruption, summersault of due process/rule of law, perversion of justice, unlawful influence on the nation’s judicial system.
“That it is unethical for O.D Okeakanam(Esq) to preside over the case of his accuser.
Aghogho called on the ICPC to investigate the Court Officials mentioned in his petition to forestall any further break down of law and order with a view to eradicate corruption from the nation’s judicial system by judicial workers.
Contacted, the Director of Court, Mr. Monday Dibie did pick calls or responded to text messages sent across to him as he kept barring the number of Warri, Delta State Correspondent.
The Chief Registrar also did not pick his calls as he kept transferring calls to other members.