$1.5m Bribery Allegations: Police Arrest Leo Ekpenyong
An Abuja based lawyer, Barr Leo Ekpenyong has been arrested by operatives of the Nigeria Police over allegations he made against some senior judicial officers in the country.
Barr Ekpenyong who was in the campaign trail of the APC in the last elections, was picked up in Abuja and flown to Uyo the Akwa Ibom State capital where is will be prosecuted.
The state Attorney General, Barr Uwemedimo Nwoko who confirmed the arrest, said Ekpenyong will be arraigned in the Uyo Magistrate Court on Wednesday.
“The police tracked him to Abuja where he was arrested and brought to the state to face the charges against him.”
Akwa Ibom State government had instituted a legal action against Barr Ekpenyong, after he alleged that 1.5million dollars bribe was given to the panel Chairman, Justice W.O. Akanbi, to secure justice for the Peoples Democratic Party in the petition filed by Godswill Akpabio challenging the election of Chris Ekpenyong into the Senate.
Barr Ekpenyong accused the governor of trying to bend the course of justice in favour of Chris Ekpenyong and the PDP.
According to him, “Justice W. O. Akanbi, who many thought was a righteous Judge, has received a whopping $1.5million US Dollars from Governor Udom Emmanuel.
“Akanbi has clearly jettisoned justice in preference for governor Udom’s Greek gift, since, according to him, he (Akanbi) has only two years to retire”, Leo Ekpenyong alleged in a released he widely published in newspapers and online media platforms.
Irritated by the claims, the Akwa Ibom State Government, through the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Uwemedimo Nwoko, Esq described the allegations as not only spurious but morally reprehensible and legally culpable.
The State Government had said if the Barrister fails to back up his claims with evidence and publish same in three reputable national newspapers within seven days of this publication, he would be made to face the full weight of the law.
The statement by the Attorney general read in parts, “We state most categorically and without any equivocation that there is absolutely no scintilla of truth in Leo Ekpenyong’s wild and unsubstantiable allegations. His Excellency, Governor Udom Emmanuel does not know and has never met Honourable Justice Akanbi or any other Judge on the Panel.
“His Excellency, has made no personal contact or through a proxy with any of the Judges, It is, therefore, most uncharitable and unconscionable for Leo Ekpenyong and his pay masters to attempt to rubbish and bring to disrepute the sterling reputation and character of Governor Emmanuel.
“Let us state emphatically here that Leo Ekpenyong has taken his trade of blackmail across redlines.
We demand that Leo Ekpenyong should produce the factual evidence to establish his allegations against His Excellency, Governor Udom Emmanuel within Seven (7) days of this publication and publish same in at least three (3) reputable National Newspapers. If he fails to do so, we shall be left with no option but to deploy the full weight of the law, both civil and criminal, against him.”