Justice Ademola Resumes At Federal High Court After Corruption Scandal


  Justice Adeniyi Ademola of a Federal High Court in Abuja, on Wednesday, resumed sitting following his recall by the National Judicial Council (NJC) last week,

Ademola was among the six judges earlier suspended by the NJC over allegations of corrupt practices shortly after a raid conducted by the Department of State Services (DSS) on his house and other judges in October 2016.

The judges were accused of corruption as well as other acts of judicial misconduct and had been under investigation by the DSS.

Subsequently, Justice Ademola, his wife and Joe Agi, a senior lawyer, were arraigned on allegations of bribery and illegal possession of firearms.

In January, an official of the DSS had testified that the sum of 38 million Naira, two pump action rifles, and some foreign currencies were recovered from the house of Justice Ademola during their search at his residence in October.

However, the NJC, through a statement signed by its Director of Information, Soji Oye, on Saturday, asked Justice Ademola to resume his judicial duties as the court had exonerated him of the charges preferred against him by the Federal Government.

The NJC also noted that out of the eight suspended judicial officers, only three have been charged to court; thus, dissatisfied at the way the judges were accused without trial.

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