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Strange Moment Nigerians Rejoice As Appeal Court Judge Accused Of Corruption Slumps, Dies During Supreme Court Promotion

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Mixed reactions are currently trailing the death of a federal appellate judge, Justice Joseph Shagbaor Ikyegh, who slumped and died before his family members and was promptly pronounced dead while processes for his elevation to the Supreme Court was ongoing.

Justice Joseph Shagbaor Ikyegh passed on Wednesday evening in his home town of Makurdi at the age of 65.

His death came a few weeks after political opposition in Ogun accused him of taking cash bribes.

Justice Ikyegh was accused of upholding the controversial reelection of Governor Dapo Abiodun, who is said to.have a notoriety for corruption and abuse of office.

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He led the panel that upheld a lower tribunal decision, which was hinged largely on a technical claim that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party described as ‘purported’ the initial certification of Mr Abiodun by electoral office INEC.

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He was joined by another judge on the three-member panel.

The last judge, Jane Esienanwan Inyang, dissented in the matter, saying there was no justification for upholding Mr Abiodun as governor. CONTINUE READING

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