An undercover investigator for SaharaReporters said the Senate President, Bukola Saraki’s aides have given bribes of the sum of N50,000 each to judicial reporters in order to shape reporting of stories to his favour at his on-going Code of Conduct Tribunal which will resumed next Friday, March 11, 2016.
According to Sahara Reporters, Chuks Okocha, a special assistant to the Senate President, distributed Mr. Saraki’s cash largesse to the reporters. At the meeting, the senator’s aides struck a deal with the reporters to have only one of the friendly reporters write a report of the trial which would then be syndicated among all the reporters. It was agreed that each reporter would merely retouch the syndicated report and send it to their medium.
Before his appointment as Mr. Saraki’s aide, Mr. Okocha had worked for Thisday newspaper group, owned by Nduka Obaigbena.
“One of our sources revealed that Mr. Okocha warned the reporters that the Senate President’s office would not tolerate any negative reports by the reporters who collected the bribe. Saraki’s spokesperson Yusuf Olaniyonu was being awaited when our investigator left the meeting”, Saharareporters said.
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