Tragedy Strikes as Appeal Court Judge Accused of Bribery in Dapo Abiodun’s Election Succumbs to Sudden Demise During Supreme Court Promotion
In a shocking turn of events, Justice Joseph Shagbaor Ikyegh, the Appeal Court judge embroiled in allegations of accepting bribes to uphold Dapo Abiodun’s election, tragically passed away during a promotion ceremony to the Supreme Court. The seasoned jurist, aged 65, breathed his last on Wednesday evening in his hometown of Makurdi.
Justice Ikyegh, who served as the president of the Port Harcourt Division, had been at the center of controversy following his ruling that validated Dapo Abiodun as the Governor of Ogun State. The verdict, one of the most contentious in recent election petition cases, raised eyebrows and sparked accusations of impropriety.
The distinguished judge’s sudden demise occurred in the presence of his family members, as he reportedly slumped before their eyes. Despite prompt efforts to intervene, Justice Ikyegh was pronounced dead at his home in Makurdi.
The allegations surrounding the judge’s conduct had cast a shadow over his career, as he faced accusations of accepting bribes to influence the outcome of the election petition. The controversy had further intensified with the promotion process to the Supreme Court, adding a layer of complexity to an already contentious chapter in the Nigerian judiciary.
Justice Ikyegh’s passing leaves behind a legacy tainted by controversy, and the circumstances surrounding his death are likely to raise questions about the ongoing investigation into the bribery allegations. As the legal community mourns the loss of a prominent figure, the fallout from the judge’s decisions will undoubtedly continue to reverberate within the judicial system.
This unfortunate incident adds a somber chapter to the already complex narrative of Nigeria’s legal landscape, underscoring the need for transparency and accountability within the judiciary.
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