Lagos judiciary denies alleged theft of N47m judgement sum
The Lagos State Judiciary has risen in stout defence of its judge, Justice Ganiyu Safari alleged to have converted a judgement sum of N47 million to personal use.
It described as total falsehood the alleged theft of N47 million judgement sum from the state judiciary, as published by two online media, Gavel International and Sahara Reporters.
The rebuttal titled; “The position of the Lagos State Judiciary on the False On-Line Publication on an alleged theft of N47m Judgement sum by a judge of the Lagos State Judiciary” was contained in a statement signed by Assistant Director, Public Affairs, Mrs. Mrs. Grace Alo.
The statement said both publications are not only false but calculated to tarnish the image of the Judiciary and the Hon. Justice Ganiyu Safari, whose name was therein mentioned.
The five point statement stated in part: “No petition was forwarded to the Hon. Chief Judge of Lagos State by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) in respect of the alleged Judgment sum.
“No investigation by the Hon. Chief Judge has shown that any money was diverted from the Chief Registrar’s account into a private account of the Hon. Judge.
“The allegation that there is a cover up of the case and that a soft-landing has been given to the Hon. Judge to refund the money is both false and unfounded.
” It is irresponsible Journalism for the Gavel international and the Sahara Reporters to report that security fees deposited into the Chief registrar’s account are usually unpaid as such monies are paid after verification of payment into the designated account. Any complaints or grievances in respect of any unpaid money ought to be directed to the Hon. Chief Judge for investigation.
“It is also false that security fees are only paid into the Zenith Bank, Oba Akran, Ikeja Branch.
“As the last hope of the common man, the Lagos State Judiciary remains committed and focused in discharging its statutory duties without fear or favour,” it added.
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