Justice Adeniyi Ademola retires from the Bench

Justice Adeniyi Ademola retires from the Bench

Justice Auta had exercised his administrative power to transfer the case to Justice Quadri at a time Justice Ademola and Lamido's lawyer; Joe Agi (SAN) were being tried for corruption related offences before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The National Judicial Council (NJC) has rejected the retirement letter of Justice Adeniyi Ademola and instead made a decision to relieve him of his position as a judge of the Federal High Court.

In a letter to the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen dated December 6, 2017 titled: "Letter of Voluntary Retirement", Justice Ademola explained that the latest letter "supercedes an earlier notice of retirement dated 25/09/2017".

Ibrahim Auta, former chief judge of the federal high court, Abuja, had directed that the trial be transfered from Ademola to Quadri for a fresh start.

The decision of the judge was a sudden one as he had only some days ago fixed Thursday for judgment in a terrorism case.

An officials of the court was heard telling lawyers whose cases were scheduled to come up on Thursday to return to the court next week for a new date.

Justice Ademola was one of the eight judges whose apartments were raided by the Department of State Security Service (DSS) for alleged corrupt practices and money laundering.

He was subsequently prosecuted alongside his wife, Olubowale, ‎ and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria on gratification charges.

But the trio were exonerated in a judgment delivered by the trial Judge, Justice Adamu Bello, having upheld their no-case submission early this year.

Although the earlier letter of November 25 has been received by the NJC, The Nation's investigation revealed the NJC was unaware of the second letter.

Justice Ademola did not give reasons for his retirement.

A statement by NJC's Director of Information, Mr. Soji Oye, said on Thursday that the Council at its meeting on Wednesday recommended the two judges to President Muhammadu Buhari for compulsory retirement.

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