Two Nigerian lawyers, according to SaharaReporters, have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to probe the former Chief Justice of the Nigerian Supreme Court, Alfa Belgore, whom they accused of massive corruption and engaging in subversion of justice. They said Justice Belgore had obtained a grand house in the upscale Asokoro area of Abuja through his corrupt activities.

They made this known in a joint telephone conversation with SaharaReporters. The two lawyers stated that retired Justice Belgore had a knack for bringing the judiciary to shame. “It appears that, instead of promoting the development of the judiciary and the administration of justice, Justice Alfa Belgore specializes in corrupting the process,” one of the lawyers, an Abuja-based Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

The lawyers said the immediate reason they were calling for a thorough investigation of the former Chief Justice was Mr. Belgore’s role in trying to induce the Court of Appeal to squash the trial of Senate President Bukola Saraki by the Code of Conduct Tribunal. SaharaReporters had revealed that Mr. Saraki had hired Justice Belgore to broker a judgment by the Court of Appeal that would have squelched the senator’s trial by the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

According to the lawyers, who chose to speak on condition of anonymity, many other Nigerian lawyers “are embarrassed by the conduct of former Justice Belgore.” They added that the retired Chief Justice had a history of meddling in trials and either offering bribes to willing judges or intimidating those who reject his inducement.

The lawyers also alleged that Justice Belgore has a reputation for using his influence to collect funds from high net-worth personalities as well as politically powerful persons in exchange for intimidating or inducing judges, many of them students when the former CJN was in active service.


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