Senator Elisha Abbo, who previously represented Adamawa North Senatorial District in the Senate before being removed by the Court of Appeal, has responded to criticism regarding his bribery allegations against judges involved in electoral litigation.
Abbo had claimed that the cancellation of votes in polling units where he had a majority was a result of judges accepting bribes to manipulate the course of justice.
Following his claims, Abbo faced strong backlash from lawyers, some of whom demanded an apology for making such serious allegations against judicial officers or threatened legal action. In response, Abbo held a press briefing in Abuja and openly challenged his critics to sue him, asserting that he possesses evidence to support his bribery claims.
He stated, “Take me to court. If you don’t, I will sue you for libel. I’m not afraid of going to court. I can’t be intimidated. I’m known for being bold, brave, and standing up to speak the truth.”
Abbo further disclosed that he has filed a petition with the National Judicial Council against certain justices, and additionally lodged petitions with the United States, United Kingdom, and the European Union, urging them to impose visa bans on corrupt justices. He believes that the fight against corruption in Nigeria should extend to the judiciary, where some judges allegedly engage in “judicial banditry” or undermine democracy by unjustifiably annulling elections of candidates chosen by Nigerian voters.
Abbo emphasized the need to combat such judicial misconduct both within and outside the country, calling for visa bans on implicated judges and justices, as well as the potential revocation of visas for their family members who currently reside abroad.