Again, Justice Ademola withdraws from terrorism case involving DSS


One of the seven judges arrested by operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS), Justice Adeniyi Ademola of a Federal High Court, Abuja, on Thursday withdrew from a case of terrorism filed by the Department of State Services (DSS) against three suspects.

Justice Ademola said it would not be fair for him to continue with the case.

He had covertly said that  whichever way his opinion went in the case, it would be mischievously interpreted to dent his image which he was not ready to risk.

The instant case was filed by the DSS against one Haruna Abbas and two others.

The DSS case was the second in less than two weeks that the high court judge, Mr Ademola would hands off from since his encounter with the DSS on October 7, this year.

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Specifically, when the matter was mentioned in court, Justice Ademola announced that he would return the case file to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta, for reassignment.

“The matter was here last on June 13, and it involves the DSS; I don’t want to handle any of its matters anymore.

“In the interest of fair hearing, I think I will move the file to another court because it will not be fair to me and to DSS.

“So, I will return the file to the chief judge to reassign.

“The case file is hereby returned to the chief judge for reassignment to another judge on personal grounds,” he said.

However, one of the accused, Abbas, prayed the judge not to withdraw from the case.

Abbas said that he and his co-accused would prefer to be tried by Ademola.

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Ademola had on October 18 withdrawn from another case brought against a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, by the DSS.