Alleged Corruption: Abuja court sets Justice Ademola free, blasts FG

Justice Ademola and wife

  • Discharges his wife, SAN too

 By Toyin Akinfolajimi

A Federal Capital Territory High Court siting in Maitama, on Wednesday terminated the trial of a suspended high court judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola.

That was after the court discharged Justice Ademola of an 18-count charge preferred against him, his wife, olubowale and a member of the inner bar, Joe Agi (SAN).

The trial judge, Justice Jude Okeke held that the entire 18-count charge preferred against the trio by the Federal Government was full of speculations and that the prosecution failed to link any of the defendants standing trial to any of the offences.

The judge had ruled on a no-case application filed by all the defendants in the case.

Justice Ademola, his wife and Joe Agi had allowed the Federal Government to call all its witnesses before attacking the charge.

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The government had joined issue with them.

Justice Okeke, in his ruling, on the no case application held that the prosecution was unable to make out a prima facie case with respect to any of the “18 counts on concluding its case with 19 witnesses and exhibits A to ZZZ to warrant calling on the defendants to enter their defence.”

The judge noted that the case of the prosecution was built on strong suspicion and speculation fueled by the feeling of fight against corruption which no reasonable court could base any conviction on.

The Office of the Attorney General of the Federation, had in 2016 filed the charge against the accused persons following the raid on the judge’s house on October 7, 2016 by operatives of the Department of State Service.