Federal High Court Judge, Ademola Retires

NJC Recalls Six Out Of Eight Suspended Judges

Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court has voluntarily retired.

The resignation letter, a copy of which he sent to Channels Television, was tendered before the National Judicial Council (NJC) on Thursday morning.

Earlier in the year, he was discharged and acquitted by an FCT high court on charges of money laundering and abuse of office.

This followed a raid on the homes of some judges by the Department Of State Services (DSS), which termed the operation a sting operation.

In January, an official of the DSS had testified that the sum of 38 million Naira, two pump action rifles and some foreign currencies were recovered from his house during their search at his residence in October.

Justice Ademola, his wife and Mr Joe Agi, a senior lawyer subsequently faced trial on allegations of bribery and illegal possession of firearms.

The FCT high court, however, ruled that the DSS could not prove beyond reasonable doubt it’s allegation against the Federal High Court judge.

He was subsequently recalled by the National Judicial Council (NJC) after which he resumed sitting on June 7.

Justice Ademola did not give reasons for his retirement.

Justice Ademola Resumes Sitting

NJC Recalls Six Out Of Eight Suspended JudgesFollowing his recall by the National Judicial Council (NJC) last week, Justice Adeniyi Ademola of a Federal High Court in Abuja resumed sitting on Wednesday.

Justice Ademola was among the six judges earlier asked by the NJC to stop sitting, shortly after a raid conducted by the Department of State Services on his house and other judges in October 2016.

The NJC, through a statement signed by its Director of Information, Mr Soji Oye, on Saturday however, asked that Justice Ademola resumes his judicial duties as the court had exonerated him of the charges preferred against him by the Federal Government.

The judges were accused of corruption as well as other acts of misconduct and had been under investigation by the DSS.

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In January, an official of the DSS had testified that the sum of 38 million Naira, two pump action rifles and some foreign currencies were recovered from the house of Justice Ademola during their search at his residence in October.

Justice Adeniyi Ademola, his wife and Mr Joe Agi, a senior lawyer subsequently faced trial on allegations of bribery and illegal possession of firearms.

The NJC last week, however, noted that out of the eight suspended judicial officers, only three have been charged to court.

FG Appeals Case Against Justice Ademola, Others

Adeniyi Ademola, Court, Joe Agi, Olabowale AdemolaThe Federal Government has filed an appeal against the decision of Justice Jude Okeke of the FCT High Court, upholding the no case submission in the corruption case against Justice Adeniyi Ademola; his wife, Olabowale, and Mr Joe Agi.

It was also gathered that the government, through the Ministry of Justice, has also filed a fresh case against Justice Ademola and his wife, this time in the Code of Conduct Tribunal, for allegedly living above their means and failure to declare their assets.

Justice Okeke had on Wednesday struck out the 18-count charge preferred against the three defendants, ruling that the prosecution failed to prove any of the allegations against them.

According to the judge, some of the charges do not meet constitutional standards and, in his words, no court can base its judgement on speculation.

The Presidency is however, said to have considered Justice Okeke’s judgement as a strange outcome which is capable of undermining the war against corruption.

The Department of State Services had accused Justice Ademola of receiving 30 million Naira from a senior lawyer, through a Guarantee Trust Bank account allegedly operated by his wife, a former Head of Service in Lagos State.

Court Chief Accountant Discloses Justice Ademola’s Earnings

Adeniyi Ademola, CourtThe Chief Accountant of the Federal High Court, Abuja, Mr Awoyemi Adisa, has told an FCT High Court that the annual basic salary of Justice Adeniyi Ademola is about 6.3 million Naira, excluding allowances and other emoluments.

Mr Adisa, who is testifying as the 13th prosecution witness, told the court that Ademola earns a basic monthly salary of 528,638 Naira, alongside other allowances.

According to him, Justice Ademola gets 305,000 Naira for monthly welfare, a 5.4 million Naira furniture allowance paid every four years, and estacode for overseas medical check-up which he said amounted to 6,300 dollars for 2016 alone.

Four more witnesses were also called by the prosecution on Thursday as the trial continued.

Among the witnesses was the Deputy Chief Registrar of the Federal High Court who tendered certified true copies of records of proceedings relevant to the matter.

There was also an investigation officer from the office of the Department of State Services, a ballistician attached to the firearms services laboratory of the police force Criminal Investigation Department and the Chief Accountant of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

The 14th witness, Jeremiah Tanimu, an Assistant Commissioner of Police saddled with the ballistics of the two firearms found in the possession of Justice Ademola, told the court that the firearms were prohibited and lethal and could only be licensed by the President of Nigeria on discretion.

He referred to the Firearms Act of 1990 in his statement but was unable to provide the court with relevant documents to substantiate his statements.

Some documents tendered in court were the certified true copies of the salary and emolument of Justice Ademola from the date of his appointment to the bench up in October 2016.

The case has however been adjourned until Friday February 10, 2017.

Ademola’s Trial: 30 Million Naira Allegedly Transferred To Wife’s Account – Witnesses

Adeniyi Ademola, CourtThe trial of Justice Adeniyi Ademola, his wife Olabowale Ademola, and a senior lawyer, Mr Joe Agi, continued on Wednesday in Abuja with the prosecution calling three more witnesses.

Justice Ademola, a Federal High Court judge, and the two other defendants are standing trial on charges of corruption.

Three witnesses gave accounts of how 30 million naira was allegedly transferred from Mr Agi’s corporate account into the personal account of Mrs Ademola.

The witnesses, who are staff of Zenith and Guarantee Trust Bank, presented documents to show the transfer of funds from Mr Agi’s account to Mrs Olabowale’s account.

‎In her testimony, the first witness, Mrs Fatima Sani, purported that Justice Ademola demanded 25 million from her through a proxy while her husband, Dr. Sani Shaibu, a former Director of Pension Accounts in the office of the Head of Service, was standing trial before him in a case of missing 5.7 billion naira pension funds.

The two other witnesses from Zenith and Guarantee Trust Bank also testified to the financial transactions between Mr Agi and Mrs Ademola.

The lawyer to Mrs Ademola, Mr Robert Clarke, consequently dismissed the allegations against his client, saying the prosecution has failed to establish any case against her.

The prosecution, Mr Segun Jegede, however, insisted that he has six more witnesses to call in order to prove his case against the accused persons.

Having taken the testimonies of the three prosecution witnesses, Justice Jude Okeke adjourned the case to February 8, 9 and 10.

Court Cautions Prosecution To Take Ademola’s Trial Serious

Adeniyi Ademola, Court, Prosecution, TrialAn Abuja High Court has criticised the prosecutor for the manner in which it is handling the case of Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court and two others.

The caution follows the resumed trial of Justice Ademola, his wife and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Joe Agi, after two weeks of adjournment with the prosecution alleging that his witnesses were being harassed and that this might affect the case.

Justice Jude Okeke noted that the prosecutor, Mr Segun Jegede, needed to be serious with the way he was handling the case.

He also warned that if the prosecution failed to produce its witnesses at the next adjourned date, the court would be forced to do the needful.

Mr Jegede had told the court that one of his witnesses allegedly escaped an assassination attempt the night before and that the said witness said someone had called him to broker a meeting with the defendants.

He consequently asked the court to order an investigation and provide protection for his witnesses.

Opposing the submission, Counsel to Justice Ademola, Mr Oyeachi Ikpeazu, stated that the tales being told were aimed at instigating media trial which could prejudice the trial.

He explained that if any crime was perceived to have been committed, the right thing was to approach the security agencies to launch an investigation and file charges if anyone was found culpable rather than trying to whip public sentiments.

In a short ruling on Monday, Justice Okeke said that the prosecution had complained that his witnesses were being threatened, but did not say who was threatening them.

He said that since the case was in the purview of the Nigeria Police Force, the court would not interfere with its investigation.

The judge, however, ordered the Inspector General of Police to provide security and protection for all the parties and witnesses in the case, including the defence and prosecution to prevent interference with the smooth hearing of the case.

After the ruling, the prosecutor applied for an adjournment of the case till Wednesday to enable him prepare his witnesses.

Mr Ikpeazu and Mrs Ademola’s lawyer, Robert Clark, however, opposed the application.

Lawyers to the three defendants submitted that the prosecution should apply to withdraw the charge if it has no witnesses to prove his case.

They informed the court that the prosecution listed 14 witnesses out of which it has only called six.

The lawyers added that going by the allegation made by the prosecutor, only one of the witnesses was being threatened and as such, he should go ahead and present his other witnesses.

They stated that the delay in the trial was affecting the dispensation of the duty of Justice Ademola who is a serving judge and his wife who is the current Head of Service in Lagos State.

In his response, Justice Okeke agreed with the defence that “the application for adjournment is uncalled for, unreasonable and does not fall in line with the attitude of the present government or the administration of Criminal Justice Act”.

He, however, granted the adjournment for 24 hours instead of the two days as requested by the defence.

The court had earlier ruled that even though the prosecution did not provide a summary of what its witness from a commercial bank would say in regards to the financial statements of the defendants, the court would order the prosecution to attach the necessary documents required for the said witness to testify in the interest of justice.

Justice Ademola’s Trial: DSS Tells Court How It Recovered Local, Foreign Currencies

adeniyi-ademola-justiceAn official of the Department of State Services (DSS) has testified that the sum of 38 million Naira, two pump action rifles and some foreign currencies were recovered from the house of Justice Adeniyi Ademola during their search at the residence of the judge in October last year.

Justice Adeniyi Ademola, his wife and Mr Joe Agi, a senior lawyer are facing trial on allegations of bribery and illegal possession of firearms.

The witness, an operative of the DSS, Ike Onuoha, also said the operatives involved in the raid were told by Justice Ademola’s domestic workers that he was out of town, while the defendant was inside the house.

He said that the Justice’s security officials had told the operatives that his cook, identified as Ken, was in possession of the keys to the house.

“When we entered the premises, we called on Ken to call the judge with his mobile phone. Ken called the judge several times but he refused to pick. Much later, the judge sent a text message that he was not in town.

“After repeated calls, he switched off his phone. At that point, we had no option than to force open the main door. When we entered, we saw Justice Ademola in the master’s bedroom upstairs in his night wears. That was few minutes after 12 midnight,” the witness told the court.

He further told the court that they found 8.5 million Naira inside another room, after they forced their way in, having been refused access into the room by the defendant.

“The money was in 1,000 Naira denomination. We also found the sum of 6 million Naira, $121,179, €4,400 Euros, £80 and 1,010 Indian Rupees.

“In addition to that; we recovered six ATM cards, eight cheque books, eight deposit slips for various banks, two firearm licences – one for Honourable Justice A.R. Mohammed,” Mr Onuoha said listing recoveries.

He added that the rifles recovered at the residence had renewable licences and that they were no effort to contact Mr Mohammed, another judge at the FHC whose name was on one of the licences of the recovered guns.

The case was adjourned to Wednesday for continuation of trial.

Trial of the justice had resumed on Monday, with the lead prosecution counsel, Mr Segun Jegede, telling the court that he had 14 witnesses, including officials of the Department of State Services (DSS), Zenith Bank and Guaranty Trust Bank who will testify in the case.

The court proceedings commenced with the prosecution counsel addressing the court on the evidence with which he intends to prosecute the case.

After his statement of evidence, the prosecution invited his first witness, a sales consultant to Coscharis Motors in Lagos who testified to have received payment of eight million naira from Joe Agi Associate for a BMW car.

Police Arrest Man Who Killed Wife in Ogun State

Ogun Police Arrest 18 Crime SuspectsA middle aged man, Matthew Oguntade, has been arrested by police officials in Owode-Ijako for allegedly killing his 20-year-old wife, Mary Oguntade.

Mr Oguntade, 26 was arrested by officials of the Ogun State Police Command.

The spokesman for the police in the state, Abimbola Oyewole, said the the incident happened on January 13, 2017 at about 01:00 a.m., when the couple engaged in fisticuffs due to an alleged family disagreement between them.

The chairman of Community Development Area, Iskilu Kareem, was said to have reported the case to the Police after receiving a telephone call from one of the vigilante group in the area that the couple were in serious scuffle, but before he could get to the scene, the husband had strangled his wife to death, threw the body outside through their window and ran away.

The Divisional Police Officer attached to Sango Ota division, Akinsola Ogunwale, was said to have led detectives to the scene and removed the corpse to General Hospital, Ifo mortuary before launching serious manhunt for the suspect.

Their efforts, he said, paid off the following day when the suspect was apprehended and taken into custody.

The Ogun state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, has directed that the suspect should be transferred to Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department Eleweran Abeokuta for discrete investigation.

 

 

Justice Ademola And Wife Get 100m Naira Bail

justice-adeniyi-ademola-and-wifeA Federal High Court Judge, Adeniyi Ademola and his wife on Tuesday secured a 100 million Naira bail at the Federal Capital Territory High Court, where they are being tried for alleged corrupt practices.

Both pleaded not guilty to a 15-count charge brought against them by the Federal Government.

Justice Ademola, who was serving under the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court before he was asked to temporarily recuse by the National Judicial Council (NJC), was alleged to have on various dates between 2014 and 2015, received huge sums of money as gratifications.

At the resumed hearing on Tuesday, trial Justice, Jude Okeke, granted the defendants bail on self-recognition to the tune of 50 million Naira each.

They were asked by Justice Okeke to hand over their international passports to the Deputy Chief Registrar of the Court, pending hearing and determination of the charge against them.

The defendants, however, begged the court to give them seven days within which to deposit their passports, a request that was granted by the judge.

The court then fixed January 18 to commence full hearing on the matter and asked the prosecution to furnish the defendants with copies of the their statements which it intends to rely on in the course of the trial.

The defendants are accused of receiving a car worth 8.5 million Naira, as gratification from a Senior lawyer, Mr Joe Agi and having in his possession, two rifles that were not validly registered.

The Federal Government in the suit alleged that Justice Ademola and his wife conspired and also received 30 million Naira gratification from Joe Agi and Associates between March 11 and March 26, 2015.

Justice Ademola was one of the judges arrested by the officials of the Department of State Services (DSS) on October 8, 2016.

Officials of the DSS, had raided the homes of some judge and subsequently arrested some of them.

After their arrests the security agency said they were fingered for misconduct and corrupt practices.

Justice Ademola’s Trial Stalled In Abuja

Justice Ademola’s Trial Stalled In AbujaThe absence of Justice Adeniyi Ademola at the FCT High Court In Abuja, has stalled his prosecution.

Ademola of the Federal High Court, was scheduled to be arraigned on Monday, over allegations of corruption and illegal gratification at the FCT High Court.

According to his lawyer, Mr Jeph Njikonye, he is yet to be served the charges by the court bailiffs

The trial judge, Justice Jude Okeke in his ruling, adjourned the case to December 13, 2016 for hearing, after the defendant’s lawyer volunteered to accept service on behalf of his clients.

Lead prosecuting counsel, Mr Segun Jegede, said he was going to ask the court to give an order for service on the defendants, through substituted means but that it was no longer necessary since the defense counsel had approached him before the proceedings, volunteering to accept service on behalf of the defendants.

Ademola was one of the judges arrested by the officials of the Department of State Services (DSS) on October 8, 2016.

Officials of the DSS, had raided the homes of some judge and subsequently arrested some of them.

After their arrests the security agency said they were fingered for misconduct and corrupt practices.

One of the judges is already facing trial over allegations of corruption although he has denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty.

Judges Arrest: FG Files Charges Against Justice Ademola

Justice Adeniyi Ademola chargedThe Nigerian government has filed a 15-count criminal charge against Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court and his wife Mrs Olabowale Ademola.

Justice Ademola was one of the serving judges who was arrested on October 8 by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).

The criminal charge which was filed at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, alleges that the duo committed the offences between February 2014 and June 2016, contrary to Section Eight of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission Act and section 115 of the Penal Code Law.

The Federal Government in the charge alleges that the judge and his wife received 30 million Naira from one Mr Joe Agi and Associates between March 11 and 26, 2015 and another 40 million Naira between February 20 and 21, 2014.

According to the prosecution, Justice Ademola on May 6, 2013 also received $520,000 and six million Naira from one Johnson and Johnson Solicitors.

Justice Ademola was alleged to have accepted 55.650 million Naira from Mrs G.T. J. Ademola and Company between January 5 and June 23, 2016.

The prosecution further alleged that Justice Ademola on February 20, 2014 accepted 34 million Naira from one Omotayo Babafemi Aliyu and 4.771 million Naira from one Lawan Sulaiman between February 21 and November 7, 2014.

After the raid and arrest of some judges the DSS said they were involved in corrupt practices.

Justice Ademola Withdraws From Dasuki’s Trial

DasukiThe trial judge in the case of former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, Justice Adeniyi Ademola, has withdrawn from the case in the wake of allegations that he obtained bribe from Dasuki who is standing trial before his court.

Justice Ademola was among the seven judges detained briefly about a week ago after the Department of State Services (DSS) conducted searches and said that it discovered hundreds of thousands in dollars in addition to documents linking them to very expensive real estates.

The DSS which conducted what it called “sting operations” accused the judges of exhibiting lifestyles which their income could not justify.

Ademola was scheduled to deliver a ruling on the DSS’s request to allow witnesses to wear masks in the case against Dasuki when the trial judge announced his intention to hands off the case.

Before making his decision known, Justice Ademola interviewed Colonel Sambo Dasuki asking him to tell the whole world if he had known him prior to the case and if he had given him any money directly or through his lawyers to which the former NSA replied in the negative.

He thereafter went ahead to announce that he was transferring the file to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court “for a reassignment to another judge having regards to the allegations against this court by the complainant, that is the DSS.”

Justice Ademola said that his decision to return the file to the Chief Justice for “further directive” is in line with the principles of fair hearing to parties before the court.”

Justice Ademola, at the time of his arrest, was the trial judge in the case against Biafra’s agitator, Nnamdi Kanu who is standing trial for treasonable felony and Colonel Dasuki who is being tried for unlawful possession of firearms and money laundering.

The two cases are being prosecuted by the DSS.