Less than 24 hours after a suspended judge of the Federal high court, Justice Adeniyi Ademola requested for a day-to-day trial in his case, the Federal Government on Wednesday roared into action, submitting a list of 14 witnesses that would testify against the judge and his wife in the on-going corruption charge preferred against the couple and a silk, Mr Joe Agi (SAN).
The Federal Government said a former Director in the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Sani Shaibu Teidi, the Executive Secretary of the National Judicial Council (NJC) and the Chief Registrar of the Federal High Court are on the list of the willing witnesses.
Although details of what they intended to say against Justice Ademola were yet to be revealed, Bar and Bench Watch learnt on Wednesday that the former Director in charge of Pension Accounts in the Office of the Head of Civil service of the Federation, Dr Teidi would narrate to the court the agony he passed through in the court of Justice Ademola for failing to offer him bribe in 2013 for his bail.
Dr Teidi was a litigant before Justice Ademola until a higher court ordered the judge to hands off Teidi’s case willy-nilly, Justice Ademola having vowed never to hands off the case file.
Dr Teidi, it would be recalled had, at the time, publicly accused the judge of corruption in the open court and asked him to hands off his case.
Teidi’s wife, Fatimah, one of his associates, Prince Faboro and five officials of GTB Plc and Zenith Bank Plc are also listed as prosecution witnesses going by the court documents sighted by the Bar and Bench Watch in Abuja on Wednesday.
According to the court documents, Teidi, his wife and Faboro are expected to give evidence in support of the charge against Justice Ademola that he (the judge) allegedly attempted to obtain N25m gratification from Teidi while he (Teidi) was being tried by the judge in 2013.
Teidi, now being tried by another judge of the Federal High Court, Abuja, over his alleged involvement in a pension scam, had raised similar allegation against Justice Ademola in a petition earlier written by his wife to the NJC.