By Kris Amremu, Warri

 

 

Justice John Inyang Okoro

Justice John Inyang Okoro

Leaders from the Niger Delta region have described as laughable the allegation by Justice John Okoro of the Nigerian Supreme Court that the Transport Minister Rotimi Amaechi tried to bribe him over the 2015 governorship election in Akwa Ibom.

 

Embattled Justice Okoro, who is one the justices of the Supreme Court, recently arrested by Department of State Security (DSS) in a letter he wrote to the Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman of the National Judicial Council (NJC) said Ameachi tried to bribe him.

 

But the Niger Delta leaders who spoke through the Niger Delta Intelligence and Transparency Group, NDITG, said it is shameful for a Justice of Supreme Court to descend so low to make such a childish allegation that Ameachi tried to bribe him, and wondered why Justice Okoro didn’t make it public as at the time Ameachi tried to bribe him.

 

“For Justice Okoro to be revealing such now after his arrest by DSS and being investigated over allegations of corruption clearly shows that it is an attempt to blackmail the Transportation Minister, Ameachi”.

 

In a statement yesterday, by its National Secretary, Micheal Awhawha, the Niger Delta leaders condemned the plot and warned that any attempt  to blackmail Ameachi will fail, adding that Justice Okoro’s allegations against Ameachi has further exposed Justice Okoro’s ulterior motives which justified his arrest by the DSS over his alleged involvement in corrupt activities”.

 

“While we seriously advice Justice Okoro to defend the corruption allegations on his head, we also warn that those with evil agenda to conspire against Ameachi will face the wrath of God. We, therefore pass a vote of confidence  on Ameachi for his genuine commitment toward the development of Niger Delta region