An Enugu High Court has sentenced the Registrar of a Magistrate’s Court in Enugu state, Anikwu Ifesinachi, to three years jail without an option of fine, for demanding bribe.
According to a statement from the spokesperson for the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, Mr. Folu Olamiti, on Sunday, Justice A. A. Nwobodo convicted him after finding him guilty of contravening section 10 (a) (ii) of the ICPC Act, 2000.
Ifesinachi was accused of demanding N80, 000.00 bribe from the relation of a suspect before he would process the warrant of release of the suspect who was in custody for about two years.
The statement said, “After persistent demand, the relation approached ICPC and the Commission gave him marked money. As soon as the accused collected the money from the relation, he was arrested by the operatives of the ICPC.
“Consequently, the accused was charged on two counts for demanding and receiving bribe under the ICPC Act in the High Court of Enugu”, it added.
The ICPC in the charge stated that Ifesinachi ‘m’ on or about June 2010, whilst being the clerk of the Magistrate Court, Awgu, received the bribe purportedly for Chief Magistrate J.S Ede of the same Magistrate’s Court, before the warrant of one Maduabuchi Oji could be processed.
In the course of the trial, the prosecution called three witnesses and tendered some exhibits while the accused gave evidence without calling any witness.
In his defence, he claimed to have collected the money on behalf of the complainants whom he did not call as a witness.