Sunday, 2 March 2014

Lawyer Caught With 1.2 Million Naira Cash Bribe for EFCC Operatives

When we talk of corruption in high places within our government, it is a topic everyone is quick to air their views. I think it has now gone beyond those at the helm of affairs, it is a cancer that has eaten deep into every facet of our nation. If a professional can be caught with a cash bribe of 1.2 million naira from his client, then we have a serious problem at hand.

The EFCC has arrested a legal practitioner, Barrister Ayodele Owoka, 47, over allegations of bribery. He was arrested on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at the Commission’s office in Ikoyi, Lagos as he attempted to bribe a team of operatives investigating a case of contract inflation, abuse of office, stealing, embezzlement and misappropriation of funds at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, Ondo State.

Upon his arrest, the suspect confessed that he offered the operatives N1.2 Million which was allegedly given to him by the Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. O. A. Omotosho, to bribe the team to soft pedal on their investigations. Ayodele confessed that Omotosho gave him a total sum of N1.5 million but that he kept N300, 000 for his personal use and offered the operatives the balance of N1.2 million as bribe. Hr will soon be arraigned.

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