In response to the allegations of corruption levelled against Mr. Rotimi Amechi, the Minister of Transportation, by Supreme Court Justice John Inyang Okoro, the Minister has denied the claims describing it as ‘blatant lies, bereft of any iota of truth or even logic’.
Justice Inyang Okoro is one of the seven judges arrested by the Department of State Service between October 7 and 8. He had in a letter, to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, accused President Muhammadu Buhari, Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amechi, and the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Okon Umana Okon, of attempting to use him to compromise the outcome of election petitions in Akwa Ibom, Abia and Rivers states at the Supreme Court.
According to Justice Okoro, Amaechi paid him a visit at his official residence and told him that the All Progressives Congress (APC) must win their election appeals in respect of Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Abia by all means. The justice also said that the minister informed him that the decision to compromise the election appeal had the endorsement of the president.
However, Amechi in a concise press statement issued by his aide, David Iyofo, said that the accusations are a figment of the judge’s imagination. The statement reads:
“This accusation from Justice Okoro against Amaechi is a figment of his imagination, concocted to obfuscate and politicize the real issues for his arrest and DSS investigation of allegations of corruption against him.
“The claims by Justice Okoro against Amaechi are blatant lies, bereft of any iota of truth or even logic.
“Amaechi did not, and has never approached Justice Okoro in respect of the cases Okoro mentioned or any other case. This is a cheap attempt, albeit, political move to drag the name of Amaechi into something he knows nothing about. Justice Okoro should face his issues and leave Amaechi out of it. He will be hearing from our lawyers.”
Also, in defence of Mr. Rotimi Amechi, the APC standard-bearer in Rivers State, Dr. Peterside Dakuku, said if the allegation were true, it meant then that Justice Okoro took a bribe from the highest bidder. He argued:
“Amaechi cannot do such a thing. If he said Amaechi had wanted to compromise him, it means that he had taken money from the highest bidder.”