Two weeks after an futile efforts to bribe President Muhammadu Buhari’s
marabouts, Director General, Department of State Security, Mr. Lawal Daura
have become more desperate in his bid to ensure that Abia State, Dr. Okezie
Ikpeazu, gets the favour of the Supreme Court in a case of submission of
false and forgery of tax documents filed against him by a contestant in the
December 8, 2014 PDP governorship primaries, Sir Friday Nwosu.
Pointblanknews.com gathered that Ikpeazu and Daura have commenced moves to
compromise the recently inaugurated Corruption and Financial Crime Cases
Trial Monitoring Committee headed by rtd Justice Ayo Salami.
Pointblanknews.com further gathered that the governor had confronted the
DSS Director general on how the deal to bribe Buhari’s marabouts leaked to
the public with Daura only giving out N10 million out of the N100 million
doled out by the governor. On Thursday 28th September, the governor was
said to have stormed Daura’s residence, fuming that the leakage of the
information to the public had caused him national and international
embarrassment. However, Daura reportedly told the governor to ‘cool down’
that all hope is not lost and sold the idea to bribe members of the Justice
Ayo Salami committee to the governor.
Sources close to Daura hinted that the DG and the governor drove round
Abuja in a car where they discussed in details how Daura had influenced the
appointment of most members of the Justice Salani committee. The DG
informed the governor that he influenced Chief Olisa Agbakoba’s appointment
into the Salami committee. Agbakoba is said to been representing the
governor and Daura in other cases where they have interest.
The embattled governor who hardly spends a week in Abia, had continued to
boast that with his chief legal consultant, Chief Wole Olanipekun,(SAN) as
a member of the committee, his interest in the pending cases with
fraudulent colouration will be protected. On this, Agbakoba is scheduled to
meet with Justice Salami on how he (Salami) will talk to the Chief Justice
of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen to saveIkpeazu from being removed
from office due to the glaring forgery and false information contained in
his tax documents submitted to PDP and INEC.
Ikpeazu is also informed Daura that in order to weaken and frighten Nwosu,
they must file three different cases at the Umuahia, Aba and Omoba
divisions of the Abia state high court. A legal practitioner who is
lobbying to be appointed Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in
Abia state has been assigned to coordinate the cases.
On this, Daura, sources told Pointblanknews.com, has assured Ikpeazu of
every cooperation and contacts to ensure that the apex court favours him in
her ruling on the suit filed by Nwosu.
Meanwhile, Ikpeazu has become too uncomfortable with recent developments in
the Supreme Court where the CJN have vowed never to pander to political
interference and deliver justice. The recent development at the Kenya
Supreme court in an election appeal appears to have emboldened the apex
court. The governor and Daura are said to be worried on how information
about their activities have continued to leak to the public, even the DG
assured the governor that he had discover the source of leakage of the
information and taken care of it.
Other members of the panel who the DG and governor are said to be trying
hard to reach out to include; President, Nigerian Bar Association, (NBA),
A.B.Mahmoud,SAN; Dr. Garba Tetengi, SAN,Justice Kassim Zannah, Justice
P.O.Nnadi, Justice Paul Umukoro, Justice M.L. Abimbola, Mrs R.I.Inga and
secretary of the National Judicial Council (NJC), Gambo Saleh.