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.

EFCC Arraigns Two Former Vanguard Employees For Stealing N2million

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Wednesday arraigned Dickson Ubi Effah and Ngozi Anthony before a FCT High Court, on 4-count charge of theft and misappropriation of funds.

The duo who were employees of Vanguard Media Limited  are alleged to have stolen the sum of N2, 024,795 from their employer and, thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 287 of the Penal Code Act Cap 532 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

The two defendants pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to them.

The Presiding Judge; Justice Jude Okeke, granted bail to the defendants in the sum of N3 million each and a surety in like sum.

The surety must be resident in Abuja and should depose to an affidavit of means.

The Judge further stated that addresses of the sureties are to be verified by the court registrar and operatives of the Commission.

The case was adjourned to June 27, 2013 for trial.