Suswam’s N3.1B case: Orubibi bribes Abuja-based Judiciary correspondents to blackmail Justice Muhammed
By Chuks Onaji, Abuja (Nigerian Concord Newspaper)
Nigerian Concord can authoritatively report that the candidate of the Benue APC in the last Zone A senatorial election, Ms. Mimi Orubibi, has bribed six online journalists and nine print reporters who are all correspondents of the Federal High Court in Abuja to storm Justice Ahmed R. Muhammad’s court room, where an EFCC case against a former governor of Benue state, Senator Gabriel Suswam, is to take place on Tuesday.
Recall that Mimi Orubibi popularly known as “Madam BIRS” had last week given a whooping $20,000 to the publisher of Sahara Reporters, Mr. Omoyele Sowore, to write a damaging article on his website where he falsely alleged that Senator Suswam had bribed the judge as well as members of the Election Petition Tribunal sitting on an election case between them in Makurdi.
One of the Online reporters who was among those that were bribed but decided to speak with our Judiciary correspondent this evening on a condition of anonymity confirmed that the said bribes were recently shared to them in Abuja by a man he identified as Terna Francis.
Our source said they all got telephone calls from Terna Francis on his (Terna) mobile telephone number 07032774223, asking them to meet him for an important meeting.
He added that they had already been briefed two weeks ago that Ms. Orubibi was planning to engage them to do media hyping for her.
Further findings by our correspondent showed that the six online journalists were given N50,000 each while nine print media journalists were given N20,000 each by the said Terna Francis who has been a media aide Orubibi since she was appointed by Governor Samuel Ortom as chairman of the Benue Internal Revenue Services.
According to our investigation, the fifteen journalists are to storm Justice Muhammed’s courtroom on Tuesday, pretend that they are truly there to cover the court proceeding but, will go and publish damaging reports that will further paint the judge as corrupt.
Part of the sponsored report which Terna Francis directed them to publish on Tuesday is that the judge is delaying his job as a result of the bribe which Sahara Reporters had falsely alleged that he took from Suswam.
Recall that after Orubibi had paid Sahara Reporters to write a damaging report about Justice Muhammed and members of the Election Petition Tribunal in Makurdi, she had also contracted a judge of the Federal High Court in Makurdi, Justice Maurice I., to help her look for a way to either induce or blackmail the Tribunal members.