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Nigeria: Bribe for Budget Deal - Wabara, Others Must Face Trial, Orders Supreme Court

The Supreme Court Friday ordered a former Senate President, Adolphus Wabara to return to an Abuja High Court to face trial over alleged N55 million bribe-for-budget deal.

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) had arraigned Wabara and four others on April 11, 2005 before Justice Hussein Mukhtar of an Abuja High Court for allegedly obtaining money to facilitate easy passage of the budget of the Federal Ministry of Education in 2005.

They were accused of committing offences contrary to sections 9(1) (a); 17(a); 23(2); 26(1) and punishable under Section 8(1); 9(1) (b); 17(c); 23(3) of the ICPC Act 2000.

In unanimous judgement of the court delivered by Justice Musa Dattijo Muhammad, the apex court set aside the judgement of the Court of Appeal which quashed the charge against the accused persons.

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