Senator Dino Melaye (APC/Kogi-West) has been caught on tape discussing about the exchange of bribes with Justice Akoh Ikpeme, the tribunal judge who handled his election case in 2015 against Senate Smart Adeyemi.
In the tape obtained by Saharareporters, which captures a telephone conversation between Justice Akoh and Dino, the judge is overheard asking the senator to give her a bribe in US dollars. She also asks Melaye to assist a person the senator repeatedly referred to as her “daughter” secure a job at the Cross Rivers State Ministry of Health.
Investigations revealed that Justice Ikpeme is married to a Cross River medical doctor. She is reportedly number 3 in the hierarchy of the Cross Rivers judiciary.
It could not be confirmed if Ikpeme’s daughter got a job with the Cross Rivers state government, but in a second call between her and Melaye, the senator said that he had already spoken to the state governor, Prof. Ben Ayade.
In 2016, Justice Ikpeme dismissed a petition by Smart Adeyemi, Dino’s opponent, during an election tribunal.
SaharaReporters contacted the spokesperson to the Cross Rivers state governor, Christian Ita who said they could only locate a family member of the Ikpemes’ who was already a civil servant in the state before Prof. Ayade became the state governor in 2015.topics from