THE Federal Government, on Tuesday, docked Justice Adeniyi Ademola and his wife, Olabowale, before an Abuja High Court at Maitama on an 11-count criminal charge. Justice Ademola who hitherto served under the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court before he was asked to temporarily step down from the bench by the National Judicial Council, NJC, was alleged to have on various dates between 2014 and 2015, received huge sums of money as gratifications.
Trial Justice Jude Okeke granted the defendants bail on self-recognition to the tune of N50million each, shortly after they took turns and pleaded not guilty to charges levelled against them by FG. The Judge further ordered the defendants to surrender their international passports to the Deputy Chief Registrar of the Court, pending hearing and determination of the charge against them.
The defendants however begged the court to give them seven days within which to deposit their passports, a request that accordingly granted. The court subsequently fixed January 18 to commence full-blown hearing on the matter, just as it directed the prosecution to furnish the defendants with copies of the their statements which it intends to rely on in the course of the trial. – Vanguard
— Dec 13, 2016 @ 16:35 GMT