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.

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.