A Federal High Court judge, Ahmed Mohammed has disqualified himself from the N3.1 billion fraud case involving the former governor of Benue state, Gabriel Susuwam.
In his ruling today, June 6, Mohammed said he was withdrawing following an allegation by an online media, Sahara Reporters.
He said Sahara Reporters reported that he has been compromised by the defendant.
Raising the publication by Sahara Reporters, Justice Mohammed said his image as an institution has been scandalized and brought into disrepute.
He also said that his reputation has also been damaged in the eyes of Nigerians
Mohammed said the court has been caught in between two devils.
He said whatever the pendulum of his decision swings at the end of the trial, the issue of the publication can be used to justify or rubbish the outcome of the trial.
Suswam is currently facing trial for defrauding the Benue state government of N3.1 billion, a case of bribery, money laundering and fraud.
However, in an appeal, counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Rotimi Jacobs asked the judge to disregard the media report and continue with the case.
But Mohammed said it was important to step down in the interest of justice.