JUST IN: Justice Ademola resigns as Federal High Court judge

Postado Dezembro 08, 2017

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.

This followed a raid on the homes of some judges by the Department Of State Services (DSS), which termed the operation a sting operation.

"The application is highly meritorious and is hereby allowed, and in the circumstance, order of the chief judge transferring case can not stand and is hereby set aside and ordered to be re-assigned to Justice Ademola for continuation of trial before him".

He had forwarded his notice of retirement on October 10, 2017 to the National Judicial Council (NJC) against April 9, 2018, when he will attain the mandatory retirement age of 65 years.

The one-paragraph letter, submitted to the Office of the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja, said his retirement took effect from Wednesday.

The council also recommended the compulsory retirement from office of Mr. Justice O.O. Tokode also of the Federal High Court for misconduct.

Oye stated that the Council at its meeting on Wednesday recommended the two judges to President Muhammadu Buhari for compulsory retirement.

Justice Ademola had faced charges, bordering on gratification alongside his wife, Olubowale, ‎ and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Joe Agi before a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, sitting in Maitama.

"He retired voluntarily, which I believed he reserved the right to do so".

Justice Tsoho had in the said judgement, stopped NJC from investigating Ademola over the petition that was filed by one Hon.

The couple were, however, discharged in a ruling upholding the respective no-case submissions filed by the defendants.

Tsoho maintained that NJC could no longer open investigation into the matter or invite Ademola to prove his innocence to a petition that was voluntarily withdrawn by the petitioner since 2016.

The judge's abrupt decision to retire came as a shock to staff and lawyers, who had earlier entered appearance in eight cases before the court, including a judgment involving Abimel Ibrahim and seven other police officers accused of Boko Haram activities in the North East. Family members of the police officers cried in the court, as hundreds of other cases have been thrown into limbo.