Executive Sec. NJC, High Court Registrar, Former Director Pension Accounts, Others to Testify Against Ademola, Wife

The Executive Secretary of the National Judicial Council and the Chief Registrar of the Federal High Court are among the 14 proposed witnesses, the prosecutor has lined up to testify against Justice Adeniyi Ademola, Wife, Olubolade and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Joe Agi.
Following Wednesday’s amendment of the gratification charges preferred against them last December, the Federal Government was said to have also increased the number of witnesses to prosecute the accused.
Wednesday, Agi, whom the prosecution accused of giving N30m and a BMW car worth N8.5m to Justice Ademola as gratification, was joined as a defendant.
It also increased the number of counts from 9 to 16.
The three defendants pleaded not guilty to all the 16 counts when read to them before Justice Jude Okeke of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Maitama, Abuja, on Wednesday.
In the fresh list of witnesses, accompanying the amended charges, the prosecution named 14 witnesses to be called against the three defendants.
The specific names of the occupants of both the offices of the Executive Secretary of the NJC and the Chief Registrar of the Federal High Court were not given.
Also listed as one of the prosecution witnesses is a former Director, Pension Accounts Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Sani Teidi, who stood trial before Justice Ademola at the Federal High Court, Abuja in 2013.
The others include Teidi’s wife, Fatimah, and one of the ex-director’s associates, one Prince Faboro.
The rest are operatives of the Department of State Services and five officials of Guaranty Trust Bank and Zenith Bank Plc.
The sums of money were allegedly found in the Judge’s house during the raid by the operatives of the DSS on October 7, 2016.
The prosecution accused the Judge of “holding” the sums of money as “gratification contrary to Section 24 of the Corrupt Practices and other related offences Act 2000 and punishable under the same section of the Act.”
Justice Ademola and his wife were initially arraigned on December 13, 2016, on 9 counts.

Author: News Editor

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