Justice Ademola Judge resumes sitting after NJC recall

Justice Ademola resumed sitting at 9am on Wednesday with seven cases listed for the day’s court session.

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Justice Adeniyi Ademola has resumed his seat as a judge of the Abuja Federal High Court after he was recalled last week by the National Judicial Council (NJC).

Justice Ademola resumed sitting at 9am on Wednesday with seven cases listed for the day’s court session.

This development is an incredible turnaround as he was one of the judges that were investigated and arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) after a raid on his house in October 2016 on suspicion of corruption.

The judges arrested during the 12 hours raid on Friday, October 7, also included Justices Sylvester Ngwuta and John Okoro, both of the Supreme Court.

Operatives recovered the sum of $800,000 from the simultaneous raid that shocked the nation and dominated headlines.

The DSS disclosed that the sum of  N54 million, $171,779, 4,400 Euros, 1,010 Rupees, and 80 pounds was found in the residence of Justice Ademola alone.

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In a letter to then-Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Mahmoud Mohammed, Justice Ademola alleged that his ordeal was masterminded by the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, claiming, "What is more intriguing in this whole episode, is that I see it as a vendetta/revenge from the Hon. attorney general of the federation, Abubakar Malami; whilst I was in Kano between 2004 and 2007 as a federal high court judge, he was involved in a professional misconduct necessitating his arrest and detention by my order."

He also made claims that he was being targeted for granting bail to the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki, as well as ordering the release of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Nnamdi Kanu, to the displeasure of the DSS.

He announced his withdrawal from Dasuki’s case on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, before withdrawing from another DSS terrorism case one week later.

Justice Ademola was later suspended, alongside other suspected judges, by the NJC on Thursday, November 3, 2016, in Abuja at the end of its 79th Council meeting headed by Justice E. O. Ayoola

Justice Ademola and his wife were arraigned on December 13, 2016, accused of 'corruptly' receiving a total sum of N248,101,300 and $520,000 as gratification from law firms and others between 2013 and 2016.

Justice Jude Okeke of the FCT High Court, Maitama dismissed the case due to the failure of the prosecution to provide evidence to prove the allegations were correct.

On Saturday, June 3, 2017, the NJC made the determination to recall the judges as the Federal Government had failed to prosecute some of them.

The other recalled judges are John Inyang Okoro, Supreme Court; Uwani Abba Aji, Court of Appeal; Hydiazira Nganjiwa, Federal High Court; Musa Kurya, Federal High Court, and Agbadu James Fishim, National Industrial Court of Nigeria.

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