October 21, 2016

Pastor replies Justice Okoro: I never led Umana to your house

Pastor Ebebe Ukpong, whom Justice Inyang Okoro of Supreme Court in his letter accused of leading the governorship candidate of APC in Akwa Ibom State, Umana Umana, to his house to discuss issue of bribe, has denied the allegation.

A statement by Pastor Ukpong on Thursday indicated that he did not lead anybody to Justice Okoro nor attend any meeting in the Justice's house where the said issue of bribe was discussed.

“I have never led anyone to Justice Okoro nor attended any meeting in his house where the issue of bribery, corruption of any kind or perversion of justice was discussed.

“Of course, I could never have and will never contemplate such as it is against my personal principles informed by my relationship with the Almighty God. I stand always for the truth, integrity and fairness,” the Pastor's statement added.

It would be recalled that Justice Okoro, one of the judges arrested by the DSS over "corruption", in a letter to Chief Justice Mahmud Mohammed, had claimed that, “Umana also made the same request of assistance to win his appeal at the Supreme Court. Umana talked about ‘seeing’ the justices who would hear the appeal.

“Pastor (Dr.) Ebebe Ukpong, who led Mr. Umana Umana to my house, intercepted and said that the issue of ‘seeing’ the justices was not part of their visit and that, as a pastor, he would not be part of such a discussion. Mr. Umana apologised. I advised them to go and pray about the matter and get a good lawyer. That was how they left my house.”

Pastor Ukpong, who described Justice Okoro as a brother, whom he had known for three decades, said he had lived and worked above politics and partisanship.

He said, “I have read in the social media and several newspapers since the night of Tuesday, October 18, 2016, a letter purportedly written by Honourable Justice John I Okoro, JSC, and addressed to the Honourable Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman, National Judicial Council.

“In the said letter, Justice Okoro alleged that I led Mr. Umana Umana to visit with him in his residence without giving any details of such visit. Many reactions have followed. I’m constrained to make this statement for record purpose: I have known, in adult context, Hon. Justice Okoro for more than three decades now. He is my brother.

“I have never led anyone to Justice Okoro nor attended any meeting in his house where the issue of bribery, corruption of any kind or perversion of justice was discussed. Of course, I could never have and will never contemplate such as it is against my personal principles informed by my relationship with the Almighty God. I stand always for the truth, integrity and fairness.”

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Did Amaechi and the pastor ask the Judge to keep the said amount of money at home. The crux of the matter is the money stacking at home not the persons. The Judge could be approached because they knew he was corrupt. Justice delayed is justice denied. Why is he looking for people to pull down along with him. At the appropriate time he did not report the incident. If Judges are scared of powerful politicians how would unbiased judgement be dispensed.

Anonymous said...

This is what happens when a judge lacks integrity, allegation and counter allegation.

Charles

Oluwashola Christwealth said...

Shush you did

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