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Justice Ademola, Wife in fresh troubles



Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court and his wife, Mrs Olabowale Toluwatope Ademola would be facing a 15-count charged preferred by the Federal Government.

Justice Ademola is to face a 15-count charge preferred b y the Federal Government. The charge sheet which was signed by a principal State Counsel at the Federal Ministry of Justice, Hajara Yusuf, was entered against the duo before a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Vanguard reports.

Specifically, FG, alleged that Ademola who was among the seven superior court Judges whose homes were raided by operatives of the Department of State Service, DSS, between October 7 and 8, and his wife, committed offences contrary to Section 8 of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission Act , 2011 and Section 115 of the Penal Code Law .

The defendants allegedly received N40million between February 20 and 21, 2014 and another N30 million from Messers Joe Odey Agi and Associates between March 11 and 26, 2015.

Justice Ademola was said to have received N30 million from Agi who is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, between March 11 and 26, 2015, with his wife who is a senior civil servant with the Lagos state government, also pocketing another N30m from the same source.

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, endorsed Charges against the accused Judge and his wife.

Remarkably, Adeniyi who is a son to a former Chief Justice of the Federation, is due to retire from the Federal High Court bench next year. According to the prosecution, he had on May 6, 2013, received $520, 000:00 from Messrs Johnson & Johnson Solicitors and another N6m between February 25 and April 16, 2015.
Justice Ademola was further alleged to have accepted N55, 650, 000:00 from Messrs G.T. J Ademola & Co between January 5 and June 23 this year.

It was further alleged that Justice Ademola on February 20, 2014 accepted N40m from Vertice Solutions Limited, as well as accepted another N47, 600, 000: 00 from Acardian Energy Services Ltd.

Besides, FG, alleged that th Judge had on February 20, 2014, accepted N34, 080, 000:00 from one Omotayo Babafemi Aliyu and N4, 771, 300:00 from Lawan Suliaman between February 21 and November 7, 2014.

Justice Ademola is currently on administrative bail from the DSS, though the charge against him is yet to be assigned to any judge for trial.

The embattled Judge had earlier fingered the AGF, Malami, SAN, as the brain behind his ordeal in hands of the DSS.

While seeking leave of the National Judicial Council, NJC, to drag the DSS to court for violating his fundamental rights, Justice Ademola, said that Malami instigated his arrest to take back his pound of flesh owing to a clash they had in the past whilst the AGF was practising as a lawyer in Kano.

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