N840m found in retired judge’s account, says ICPC

•‘She opened an account in housemaid’s name’

The judge under probe is a retired President of the Benue State Customary Court of Appeal, Mrs. Margaret Igbeta.

She has been accused of opening an account in the name of her housemaid, Theodora Atsu on the 5th of March, 2008, with an initial deposit of N8 million.

The account had accumulated N870,321,492.15 between 2008 and 2019.

But by the time ICPC investigators stepped in, about N840 million was left in the account.

A statement by the Spokesperson for the anti-graft commission,  Mrs. Rasheedat A. Okoduwa, (mni) said:  “The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has requested a Federal High Court, Abuja, to order the interim forfeiture of N840 million traced to a retired President of the Benue State Customary Court of Appeal, Mrs. Margaret Igbeta.

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“The Commission, in an ex-parte motion filed at the court, said that the order would stop Mrs. Igbeta from accessing the money alleged to have been obtained through fraudulent activities in the course of her official duties.

“ICPC noted that the request for the interim forfeiture is pursuant to Section 48 (1), (2) and (3) (a) and (b) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 and Section 6 (6)(a) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended.

“The retired President of the Customary Court of Appeal was accused of operating a proxy fixed deposit account in the name of her maid, one Theodora Atsu, with Ecobank Plc, where she accumulated N870, 321, 492.15 between 2008 and 2019.

“She was said to have opened the account with her passport and the name of Atsu on the 5th of March, 2008, with an initial deposit of N8 million.

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“She subsequently made several other huge deposits including N123, 745, 925.57 and N5 million, in the months of March and May 2008.

“It was also noted by the Commission that the money was far above her legitimate earnings both as a judge and President of the Customary Court of Appeal within the period that the account was operated and would have used to meet the infrastructural needs of the citizens and development of the nation.

“ICPC, therefore, prayed the court to grant the order in the interest of the nation.”

Updated: September 3, 2019 — 7:48 am

26 Comments

  1. Too much stories of looting especially on the opposition side, let’s tell ourselves the truth our leaders knows what is going on. The masses are living at their mercy.

  2. May God continue to save Nigeria from corrupted judges and give our ICPC the zeal to arrest more. Amen

  3. Can you imagine what is happening. This country need a serious cleansing from this turbulence.

  4. And we will say there is no money in the nation’s account. She should also be punished under the law.

  5. May God continue to save Nigeria from corrupted judges and give our ICPC the zeal to arrest more. Amen

  6. As a citizen of this blessed country i dont understand what’s is going on ,if such huge of money could be found in one’s account as a retired person then more things is needed by the government of this country.

  7. You see what am talking about, how much is he earning, and why will he open and account in he’s housemaid name,this is our money inside one person pocket

  8. This is mind boggling, all these judges that are corrupt………………………………..

  9. Thanks you so much for the information admin i like the update please keep it up thanks once again .

  10. Imagine the kind of amount in the possession of one person while some citizens can’t even a square meal

  11. All I look forward to is a great and better Nigeria where Nigerians will be proud of being called Nigerians.

  12. Haaaaaaa please o how much is her salary per month and how years did she use in service to gather such huge amount of money.And how can she open an account in the name of the house maid, money that the house maid will not even perceive a dime,that very bad.so now the whole body of Nigeria is now full of corruption who will now be the one that will save Nigeria from her chronic illness.God will help u

  13. The judge should face the wrath of the law if found guilty of money laundering.

  14. this is a very good news keep on catching them and returning our fund back to the government

  15. But by the time ICPC investigators stepped in, about N840 million was left in the

  16. The heart of man is full of wickedness what did she gather all this wealth?, greed and lack of contentment in big display

  17. Wooow nigerians and corruption
    Even a judge is always involved
    God help us all

  18. nawa oo..money that can develop an entire state….corruption can never leave this country..

  19. This is serious! She need to be properly investigated and interrogated..and found guilty,be charged

  20. “It was also noted by the Commission that the money was far above her legitimate earnings both as a judge and President of the Customary Court of Appeal within the period that the account was operated and would have used to meet the infrastructural needs of the citizens and development of the nation.

  21. Thanks for the information admin keep it up …………………………………

  22. The political class have so bastardized the nation, and also succeeded in corrupting the judiciary alongside. If they will have to freeze her account or complete forfeiture to the government, then those who paid her all through her career should also be brought to book; and monies made illegally be forfeited as well. Also, let all the political office holders be probed and any additional monies traced to them should be seized. However, if the government of the day cannot do all these, then let that retired judge be! That’s her own share of the national cake!

  23. Corruption has eaten so deep inti the roots of the Nigerian Executive, Judiciary and Legislature that is the real reason why President Buhari is fighting corruption seriously but it seems that corruption has started to fight back Mr President becos he seems to be tired of fighting corruption.

  24. Can you imagine this, the whole judge has this huge amount in his account after retirement.

  25. May God continue to save Nigeria from corrupted judges and give our ICPC the zeal to arrest more.

  26. Imagine , see our so called leaders and frontliners syphoned illegitimate funds into her house made accounts , please ICPC do proper investigation on thw matter

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