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Justice Ademola hears co-defendant”s case

At his resumption of sitting today, Justice Adeniyi Ademola first called up the case brought by his co-defendant in his corruption trial, Joe Agi (SAN).…

At his resumption of sitting today, Justice Adeniyi Ademola first called up the case brought by his co-defendant in his corruption trial, Joe Agi (SAN).

The case by Agi, which is between Hon. Undie Pius and two others and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and four others, was coincidentally the first case called by the judge since his arrest and arraignment after the raid on his residence by the Department of State Devices (DSS).

When the case was called at 09.02 hours, Agi informed the court that he was withdrawing because the matter has been overtaking by events. The judge acceded to the application and the case was subsequently struck out.

The judge went ahead to hear six other cases, including J.K. Gadzama LLP and three others versus the Bureau of Public Procurement; Yak Essien and three others versus NITEL and two others and Emmanuel Ebite versus Timipre Sylva and two others.

The judge, lawyer and the judge’s wife Olabowole Ademola were charged on 15 count charge of money laundering, bribery and unlawful possession of firearms.

But Justice Jude Okeke of the FCT High Court acquitted them on the ground that the prosecution could not substantiate the allegations.

The Federal Government had earlier vowed to pursue its appeal against Justice Ademola and the others, and have filed an additional seven grounds of appeal.

Special Adviser to the President on Prosecution, Okoi Obono Obla, Tuesday in a chat with Daily Trust, criticized the NJC for the recall of the judge, maintaining that it acted to overreach  the planned re-arraignment of the judge.

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