AUDIO: Senator Dino Melaye ‘caught on tape bribing tribunal Judge Akoh Ikpeme’

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An audio tape obtained by Saharareporters has revealed how Nigerian Senator Dino Melaye compromised Justice Akon Ikpeme, the tribunal judge who handled his election case in 2015.

In the tape, which captures a telephone conversation between Justice (Mrs) Akoh and Mr. Melaye, the judge is overheard asking Mr. Melaye to give her a bribe in US dollars. She also asks Mr. Melaye to assist a person Dino repeatedly referred to as her “daughter” secure a job at the Cross Rivers State Ministry of Health.
Saharareporters investigation reveals that Justice Ikpeme is married to a Cross River medical doctor. She is reportedly number 3 in the hierarchy of the Cross Rivers judiciary.
Saharareporters could not confirm if Mrs. Ikpeme’s daughter got a job with the Cross Rivers state government, but in a second call between her and Mr. Melaye, the Senator bragged that he had already spoken to the state governor, Prof. Ben Ayade.
In 2016, Justice Ikpeme dismissed a petition by Smart Adeyemi, Mr. Melaye’s opponent, in accordance to the plot to let Mr. Melaye off the hook at the election tribunal.

SaharaReporters contacted the spokesperson to the  Cross Rivers state governor, Christian Ita who said they could only locate a family member of the Ikpeme’s who was already a civil servant in the state before Prof. Ayade became the state governor in 2015.



  1. As for the judge, she should be removed from the bench. And as for our dear brother Dino. He should be impeached forthwith. That is if Nigeria is, in fact, a sane country and not a circus or a zoo. As some have called it. The table has already been set sha. We are only now waiting for the dinner bell.

  2. nothing happened to fayose, so you think something will happen to this one…indeed we are a country called the zoo.you better dont waste your mb commenting fa…data is expensive in Nigeria o

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