NJC sacks Justice Ademola, shuns his resignation letter

Justice Ademola was discharged and acquitted by an Abuja high court on charges of money laundering and abuse of office earlier in 2017

Justice Ademola was discharged and acquitted by an Abuja high court on charges of money laundering and abuse of office earlier in 2017

Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court has insisted that he retired voluntarily.

With reference to Justice Ademola, the NJC said the allegations against him stated that after hearing their suit, FHC/ABJ/CS/177/2015, he set judgement for March 25th, 2015.

Although, there was no detail as to his reasons for retirement, he was quoted to have given the happenings in the judicial sector as one of his reasons for taking a leave.

Justice Ademola was among the eight judges, who were arrested and detained by the Department of State Services (DSS), following a "sting operation" carried out in their homes on October 8, 2016.

The letter indicated that the NJC would receive the letter through the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdu Kafarati.

Clarke told Vanguard newspaper: "Justice Ademola, who was approaching the voluntary retirement age, resigned the moment he was absolved of any wrongdoings by the court".

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

The judge was arraigned on 18 count charges bordering on accepting gratification and illegal possession of firearms before an FCT High Court alongside his wife, Olabowale and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Joe Agi.

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

He was subsequently recalled by the National Judicial Council (NJC) after which he resumed sitting on June 7.

In its notice of appeal dated August 14, NJC argued that Justice Tsoho erred in law when he barred it from inviting Justice Ademola to answer to allegations contained in a petition that was lodged against him.

In the interim, NJC said while exercising its power under Paragraph 21 sub-paragraph (d) of the Third Schedule of the Constitution, as amended, it had suspended Mr. Justices A.F. A. Ademola and O. O. Tokode from office with immediate effect.

The Judge had contended that allowing the NJC to go ahead with the investigation when the petition had been withdrawn, would amount to gross abuse of his rights.

"The purported voluntary retirement is clearly an afterthought as Council had taken action before his decision to forward any voluntary retirement letter".