The way politicians normalise bribery in Nigeria, it will leave you wondering if knowing how to bribe is one of the criteria of becoming a politician.

Sadly, this practice has become an integral element in Nigerian politics, with most politicians buying their way into power.


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Indeed, the bribery now runs through all stages of election, from pre-election to the post-election.


Normally, this strategy is one that occurs in secret, not until the chairman of Kano State National and State Houses of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal, Justice Flora Azinge, decided to speak up.

She opened up over attempts by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, to bribe her.


Unethical Practice

The judge who expressed anger while speaking in open court before the commencement of the session on Tuesday in Kano, lamented how senior lawyers particularly engage in the unethical practice.

Although, she did not disclose the identity of the senior lawyer, Ms Azinge said the SAN in question had a pending case before the Tribunal.

“A Senior Advocate of Nigeria who has a pending case before me is attempting to bribe me. Money has been flying in this Tribunal since yesterday.


“Whoever collects money on my behalf, God will punish that person and his generation yet unborn — to the fourth generation.”


“They keep abusing judges, insulting us everyday in the papers, in the media — that we are taking bribe.

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“Let me repeat again that nobody should approach me with money again.

“I’m contented with what God has given me, and I have a roof over my head.”


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