The Registrar of a Magistrate Court in Enugu State,
Anikwu Ambrose Ifesinachi, has been sentenced to
three years imprisonment without an option of fine
for demanding bribe in the course of discharging
his official duties.
In case which had suffered series of adjournments
since it was filed by the Independent Corrupt
Practices Commission (ICPC) in 2010 at the
instance of the defence, Justice A. A. Nwobodo sent
Ifesinachi to prison for contravening section 10 (a)
(ii) of the ICPC Act of 2000.
ICPC had in the charge sheet filed before the court
alleged that Ifesinachi had on June 2010, whilst
being the clerk of the Magistrate Court in Awgu
received the sum of N80,000 from one Arukwe
Charles purportedly for Chief Magistrate J.S Ede of
the same Magistrate Court before the warrant of
release could be processed to effect the release of
one Maduabuchi Oji from prison custody.
Ifesinachi, according to ICPC, demanded the bribe
of N80, 000.00 from the relation of a suspect
before he would process the warrant of release of
the suspect who was in custody for about two
After persistent demand, the relation approached
ICPC and the Commission gave him marked
money. As soon as the accused collected the
money from the relation, he was arrested by the
operatives of the ICPC.
Consequently, the accused was charged on two
counts for demanding and receiving bribe under
the ICPC Act in the High Court of Enugu.
In the course of the trial, the prosecution called
three witnesses and tendered some exhibits while
the accused gave evidence without calling any
witness. In his defence, he claimed to have
collected the money on behalf of the complainants
whom he did not call as a witness.
At the close of the case, ICPC filed their final
written address on 29th January 2014 which was
In the judgment of the Court, the Accused was
discharged on Count 1 but was convicted on count
2 and sentenced to 3 years imprisonment without
option of fine.