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The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN).

Corruption: Attorney General Files N2.2billion Fraud Charges Against Supreme Court’s Chief Registrar, Two Others

Attorney General, Abubakar Malami, has filed fraud charges against the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Saleh Gambo, the Assistant Director of Finance, Rilwanu Lawal, and the Deputy Director (Finance Department), Sharif Abdulrahman.

The prosecutor alleges that the three major administrative officers of Nigeria’s apex court colluded to divert more than N2.2 billion in funds meant for the Supreme Court. The three accused officers have also been named in a series of attempts to bribe Supreme Court justices. Investigators allege that the accused men sometimes collected bribes on behalf of justices assigned to politically prominent cases.

The court officials are yet to be formally arraigned in court, but SaharaReporters learned that the charges were filed yesterday in Abuja. Our sources at the Ministry of Justice disclosed that the formal charges did not indicate any roles played by the three accused judicial officers in the ongoing probe of Supreme Court justices allegedly involved in acts of corruption.

Last month, agents of the Department of State Services (DSS), which is Nigeria’s secret police, raided the homes of several judges, including two Supreme Court justices. The DSS alleged that huge sums of foreign and local currencies were discovered and seized from the homes of the judges. Investigators believe the cash came from bribes the judges received in order to subvert the cause of justice.

Since the much-publicized raids and arrests, the investigators have not been able to arraign the judges for any particular offense. A source at the Attorney General’s office told our correspondent that the failure to arraign the judges arose from what he called shoddy investigation by DSS agents. The source added that President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to take over the cases and to carry out more thorough investigations of the accused judges.

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Ahmed Gambo Saleh was born in Hadejia, Jigawa State of North Western Nigeria on the 3rd of June 1969. He obtained his first and second degrees in Business and Commercial Law from Usman Danfodio University Sokoto and Bayero University Kano, respectively.

Barrister Ahmed Gambo Saleh.
Barrister Ahmed Gambo Saleh.

Ahmed Gambo, was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1996, he practiced briefly as a Legal Practitioner for 2 years before joining the Jigawa State Ministry of Justice as a Senior State Counsel where he rose to become the Deputy Director, Legal Drafting. He was seconded to Federal Ministry of Works where he served as the Special Assistant to the Hon. Minister from 2003 to 2005.

Thereafter, he returned to the service of the Jigawa State Ministry of Justice as the Acting Director, Legal Drafting.

By virtue of his Bar activism, he was elected as the Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Dutse Branch in 2008. Subsequently, he was appointed the Special Assistant to the former Chief Justice of Nigeria (His Lordship, Honourable Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi GCON). In 2010, he was appointed a Deputy Chief Registrar and worked for 4 years before he was again appointed as the 16th Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, a position he currently occupies.

Source: Supreme Court/SaharaReporters.

About Dr. Idris Ahmed

Dr. Idris Ahmed is the President and founder of the CUPS organisation. He is a Cryptologist (Mathematical science of designing and breaking computer security systems). He is the founder and Chief Executive officer of Tecomex Forensics Ltd (www.tecomex-forensics.com). He is passionate about fighting corruption, enhancing democracy, and establishing good governance in Nigeria. He is the Editor in Chief of the cupstv.com website.

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