Corruption: History as FG docks grandson of first indigenous CJN, Justice Ademola, wife today
Barring any last minute change, the federal government will this morning arraign a serving federal high court judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola and his wife, Tolulope, before a high court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Justice Adeniyi Ademola was the judge whose official residence in Apo Legislative Quarters, Abuja was raided by operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS) in a sting operation conducted nationwide between October 7 and 8 this year.
He is a grandson of the first indigenous Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Adetokunboh Ademola.
According to the judge, he refused to open the door for the operatives of the DSS when they stormed his house but the DSS relying on certain provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 uprooted his entrance door to gain access to him.
During the raid, a number of incriminating documents were allegedly confiscated from his house including monies in local and foreign currencies, documents of immovable assets, unregistered firearms among several other things.
He had raised the alarm that he was being persecuted because of certain judgments he gave against the executive including his scathing criticisms against the DSS for what he called its penchant to disobey court order.
When he was able to get his temporary freedom from the custody of the DSS, he began sitting in his court, washing off his hands from cases involving the DSS.
He was also found to be interfacing with accused persons in his court, asking them in the open court if he ever demanded bribe from them, a development which stakeholders considered as an anathema in the justice system.
He was however placed on indefinite suspension by the National Judicial Council (NJC) to enable him face the charge that would be preferred against him and save the judiciary from a very serious embarrassment.
In the charge reportedly filed against him, he and the wife are to answer to 15 different counts.
The charge which was filed at an Abuja High Court was signed by Hajara Yusuf, a principal State Counsel in the federal ministry of justice.
According to the charge, the defendants allegedly received N30 million from Messrs Joe Odey Agi Associates between 11th and 26th March 2015 and another N40 million between 20th and 21st February 2014 while his wife also reportedly received another N30 million from Messrs Joe Agi Associates.
According to the prosecution, Justice Adeniyi Ademola on 6th May 2013 received $520, 000 from Messrs Johnson & Johnson Solicitors and another N6 million between 25th of February and 16th April 2015 from Messrs Johnson & Johnson Solicitors.
Justice Ademola was also alleged to have accepted N55, 650, 000:00 from Messrs G.T. J Ademola & Co between 5th January and 23rd June 2016.
It was further alleged that Justice Ademola on 20th February 2014 accepted N40 million from Vertice Solutions Ltd as well as accepting another N47.6 million from Acardian Energy Services Ltd .
The prosecution further alleged that Justice Ademola on 20 February 2014 accepted N34 million from Omotayo Babafemi Aliyu and N4.7 million from Lawan Suliaman between 21st February and 7th November 2014.
Fuller details of the charge would be unveiled today at a proceeding where the judge is expected to go down in history as a serving judge who was docked over alleged grievous misconduct.