A Lagos state judiciary judge is allegedly involved in money diversion
The judge involved is said to be Justice Ganiyu Safari
He reportedly took N47 million allegedly seized from warring parties who had a case in court
A huge fraud scandal currently sweeping the inner part of the Nigerian Judiciary has stopped at the doorsteps of Lagos judiciary.
Sahara Reporters reveals that Justice Ganiyu Safari has been allegedly linked to a missing N47 million missing from the Lagos state Judiciary coffers.
Justice Walter Onnoghen, Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) and chairman of the NJC, reportedly wrote to Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade, Chief Judge of Lagos state, requesting explanations over the missing money.
An investigation was reportedly carried out by Justice Atilade and the investigation allegedly reveals that Justice Safari stopped the money from going into the account of the chief registrar’s office, which holds such funds, and diverted it into an account operated by him.
The alleged embezzlement reportedly occurred when Justice Safari was the chief registrar of the High Court of Lagos state.
The money reportedly got into Justice Safari’s care when he served as the Chief Justice in an area of Lagos state before his promotion to the position of deputy chief registrar.
According to a source, two parties, had approached the court over a disputed sum of N47 million.
The trial judge ordered one of the parties to deposit the sum being contended to the chief registrar.
However, Justice Safari allegedly directed that the money should be deposited in a separate account from which he eventually re-routed it into his own account.
This reportedly happened 7 years ago but the truth didn’t come out until recently when the case was resolved and the judge was allegedly unable to provide the money to be returned to the winning party.
The failure to get the judgment sum paid reportedly pushed the winning party into petitioning the NJC and Chief Judge of Lagos state.