NJC denies N10 billion fraud allegation against secretary, Gambo Saleh

the National Council of the Judiciary (NJC), on Friday, denied a N10 billion bribery allegation against its secretary, Gambo Saleh. Aliyu Mohammed, on behalf of the ‘Concerned Supreme Court Staff’, sent a petition dated June 1, 2022 to the EFCC, accusing Mr. Gambo of embezzling N2.2 billion from the Supreme Court. The petitioner also accused Mr. Saleh of receiving bribes worth N10 billion from some Supreme Court contractors and selling a property belonging to the Supreme Court in Aso Rock Villa. But in response to claims published by an online newspaper, the Peoples Gazette, NJC spokesperson Soji Oye said Saleh was only appointed Chief Clerk of the Supreme Court in 2014 and NJC Clerk in 2017. Mr. Oye in a statement released on Friday said: “Mr. Sale could not have diverted such funds prior to his appointments.” The NJC, while criticizing the petition, claimed that Mr. Saleh is the Secretary of the NJC and not the Chief Clerk of the Supreme Court, as listed in the Peoples Gazette publication. “The attention of the National Judicial Council (NJC) has been brought to the bogus publication of an online newspaper Peoples Gazette accusing the secretary of the National Judicial Council, Ahmed Gambo Saleh, of being involved in ‘N10 billion bribes and federal extortion ‘” the statement said. It noted that the author of the “fictitious petition and publication (Peoples Gazette) did not name a single contractor from whom the alleged 10 billion naira had allegedly been collected”. ‘Mr Saleh did not sell the property of the Supreme Court’ The petitioner accused Mr. Saleh of “conspiring with a certain Surajo Tanko, allegedly the son of the immediate past CJN, to sell the residence of a Supreme Court judge in the village of Aso Rock without the knowledge of the Honorable Judge Dr. IT Muhammad GCON. ” But denying the allegation, the NJC revealed that said property located at 10 Ibrahim Taiwo Street on the way to the Villa was occupied by the then CJN (Mr. Muhammad) before he moved to his official residence. “The house was next to House No: 11 occupied by the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), and at the request and approval of President Muhammadu Buhari for an expansion of the NFIU office, both houses were demolished for that purpose. However, another house within the Villa was approved for use by the Supreme Court,” the statement said. On the issue of “withholding funds earmarked for the purchase of exotic vehicles generally allocated to newly sworn-in Supreme Court justices,” the NJC said Mr. Saleh is no longer the chief clerk of the high court. “Mr. Ahmed Gambo Saleh, as secretary of the NJC, does not oversee the affairs of the Supreme Court because they are two separate entities. ALSO READ: 2023: NJC issues new policy on political cases related to elections to the courts “On the allegation of diverting N2.2 billion to his United Bank for Africa (UBA) personal account number 2027642863, the truth is that said account is the working account of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, which can be verified by anyone. . “Moreover, the N2.2 billion was the total transaction in the Supreme Court account from 2009 to 2016.” The statement added that “the petitioner only used said (bank) account number that does not belong to Mr. Saleh to deliberately and maliciously mislead members of the public.” ‘Evil compels defame Mr Saleh’ The NJC said that the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, dropped the N2.2 billion fraud charges against Saleh when it was found that the charges could not be proven. He said the charges were dropped without any plea agreement, contrary to reports that Mr. Saleh entered into a plea deal with the federal government. “…Prior to his rise as Secretary of the NJC, some forces that tried to scuttle his appointment as Secretary of the Council have resurfaced with antics designed to tarnish his image and discredit his good name.” “It should be noted that there has never been a time when Mr. Saleh admitted committing a crime to anyone or in a court of law. “It is important to reiterate that there is not an iota of credibility in the petition, since they are not seeking the truth, but rather seek to tarnish the good image of Ahmed Gambo Saleh at all costs,” the statement said. Mr. Saleh, Muhammed Sharif and Rilwanu Lawal were charged with the 2.2 billion naira fraud. The charges, filed on November 3, 2016 in the Federal Capital Territory FCT High Court by the Federal Attorney General, say the accused individuals diverted N2.2 billion and received bribes worth tens of million naira. Mr. Saleh was subsequently appointed Secretary of the NJC in 2017. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; NJC denies N10 billion fraud allegation against secretary, Gambo Saleh