Osinbajo was used against me in N10m bribe scandal– Bamiyi
In continuation of his account of Nigerian political development, former Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt. Gen. Ishaya Bamaiyi (retd), has in his book , “Vindication of A General,” dragged Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo into a bribery allegation against him in 1999.
Bamaiyi has alleged that the Vice President, then Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice in , Lagos State than, had protected Justice Ade Alabi, who was accused of demanding a N10 million bribe from the accused persons standing trial before his (Alabi’s) court.
He said the case came up as some people were standing trial over their alleged involvement in the attempt on the life of Late Mr. Alex Ibru.
Meanwhile, the Presidency has denied the involvement of Osinbajo in the bribery allegation, sataing the Vice-President’s spokesman, Mr. Laolu Akande, in a statement that Osinbajo was never called to Abuja or given any form of instruction on how to resolve the case.
“Equally, the shifty recollections of the retired General about Prof. Osinbajo bringing a panel report with pages missing is as ludicrous as it is incongruous.
“For instance, is the author saying the then Lagos State Attorney-General was responsible for the NJC panel report?
That would be incredible and clearly a mischievous proposition,” Laolu added..
But Gen. Bamaiyi, in the nbook alleged that Prof. Osinbajo and Justice Alabi, had been summoned to Abuja and given a directive to convict him and others within six months.
He also alleged that Justice Alabi demanded a N10 million bribe from him to grant his bail application, which was pending before the judge. Gen. Bamayi said he refused and petitioned the National Judicial Council, NJC, against Justice Alabi but that even though a panel led by Justice B.O. Babalakin, a retired Justice of the Supreme Court was set up, the report was doctored by Prof. Osinbajo and Justice Alabi was not punished.