The Federal Government has arraigned Adeniyi Ademola, a judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja before a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Maitama on allegation of receiving bribes in the discharge of his duty as a judge.
Ademola was arraigned on Tuesday alongside his wife, Olabowale, who is the Head of Service of Lagos State on 11 counts charge bordering on conspiracy to receive bribe and receiving bribe of N30m from Joe Agi and Associates, between March 11 and March 26, 2015.
Ademola was one of the judges arrested by operatives of the State Security Service on October 8 on allegations of corruption.
He is alleged to have fraudulently acquired huge sums of money as gratification to impede the cause of justice.
The first four counts which border on the alleged N30m gratification involve the wife of the judge while the rest of the seven counts were levelled against the judge alone.
The judge was accused of attempting to receive bribe of N25m from one Sani Shaibu Teidi on February 21, 2014.
Justice Ademola was also said to have on January 5, 2015 in his capacity as a public servant “corruptly received from Joe Odey Agi a BMW Saloon 320i valued at N8,500,000 through your son, Ademide Ademola, as gratification in the exercise of your official functions as the judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria”.
The offences relating to gratification are said to be contrary to section 8(1)(a) of the Corrupt Practices and other related offences Act, 2000.
Ademola was also accused of “dealing with property subject matter of an offence” by transferring N85m and N90m, totalling, N175m to Franco Dan Parker on February 24, 2014.
Both offences are said to be contrary to section 24 of the Corrupt Practices and other related offences Act, 2000 and punishable under the same law
However, the judge was also said to have on October 7, 2016 had in his possession “one Pump Action Rifle with serial number AVAR MAGNUM 6084 without a valid licence and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 3 of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act, 2004.”
Ademola was also accused of having on the same date of October 7, 2016 in his possession another Pump Action Rifle with serial number AVAR MAGNUM 6284 without a valid licence.
In the last count, he was accused of having in his possession on the same date of October 7, 2014, “35 rounds of live ammunition (cartridge) without a valid licence and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 3 of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act, 2004.”
Ademola and his wife pleaded not guilty to the charges when they appeared before the trial judge, Justice Jude Okeke.