An application brought by Justice Adeniyi Ademola for abridgement of time for an accelerated hearing has been granted by a Federal High Court of the Federal Capital Territory.
The granting of the application on Monday is sequel to Ademola and wife, Mrs Olabowale Ademola’s arraignment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on alleged criminal conspiracy and receiving gratification to pervert justice.
At the resumed hearing on Monday, Ademola’s counsel told the court that he filed a motion dated December 16 for abridgement of time for an accelerated hearing of the case.
He said this was in pursuant to the provisions of Section 396 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015.
The prosecuting counsel, Segun Jegede, did not object to the motion but informed the court that he would file an amended charge to bring in a third defendant, Joe Agi (SAN).
After listening to both counsels, Justice Jude Okeke granted the motion for abridgement of time.
“The matter is adjourned to January 11 for plea and further arraignment in the event that the prosecution files a fresh charge,” he said.
The Federal Government through the EFCC had arraigned Ademola and wife on an 11-count charge.
The anti-graft agency said the offences of conspiracy and receiving gratification were contrary to section 8(1)(a) of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission and other related Offences Act 2000.
Recall that Justice Ademola was among the seven Justices investigated after the sting operations carried out on October 8 and 9 by the Department of State Security (DSS).
The couple were admitted to bail on December 13, 2016, in the sum of N50 million each and on self-recognition.
They were also ordered to deposit their international passports pending the conclusion of the trial.
The matter has been adjourned till January 16 for the commencement of trial.