Ade Adesomoju, Abuja
The Federal Government on Monday filed gratification charges against Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court in Abuja, and his wife, Olabowale, who is the Head of Service of Lagos State.
The Office of the Attorney General of the Federation filed 15 counts in the suit with number, FCT/CR/21/2016, against the couple before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory on Monday.
The prosecution accused Ademola and his wife of “corruptly” receiving a total sum of N248,101,300 and $520,000 as gratifications from law firms and others between 2013 an 2016.
Justice Ademola was among the judges, including two Justices of the Supreme Court, Justices Sylvester and Inyang Okoro, arrested by the operatives of the Department of State Services between October 7 and 8 on allegations of corruption.
The Federal Government had already on November 8, 2016 charged Justice Ngwuta before the Federal High Court, Abuja on charges of money laundering and passport infraction relating to age falsification and obtaining of multiplicity of passports.
Justice Okoro has however not been charged.
In the charges filed on Monday, Justice Ademola and his wife were accused in counts one and two, of “criminal conspiracy to receive and/or obtain gratification contrary to sections 8(1) and 26(1) (c) of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission Act, 2011 land punishable under Sections 8(1) (iii) of the same law”.
The wife was accused in counts four to seven of “receiving gratification for other person, contrary to Section 8 of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission Act 2011 and punishable under the same law.”
In counts eight to 15, Justice Ademola was accused of receiving a total of N248,101,300 and $520,000 as gratifications other than his “lawful remuneration, a motive or reward for doing an official act and/or in the exercise of your official functions as judge of the Federal High Court.”
The offences were said to be contrary to section 115 of Penal Code Law (Laws of Northern Nigeria 1963) and punishable under section 115(iii) of the same law.
The charges indicated that various sums of money were paid into the Guaranty Trust Bank account of Justice Ademola’s wife by law firms and others as gratifications for onward payment to the judge.
The judge and his wife were accused of conspiracy to receive/obtain N30m gratification from Joe Odey Agi Associates between March 11 and 26, 2015.
They were also accused of conspiracy to receive N40m gratification from Joe Agi Associates between February 20 and 21, 2014.
Olabowale, allegedly, on March 11, 2015 received from Joe Agi Associates N10m on behalf of her husband.
On March 16, 2015, she allegedly received another N10m from Joe Agi Associates on behalf of her husband.
She also, on March 26, 2015, allegedly received the sum of N10m from Joe Odey Agi Associates.
On February 20, 2014, the prosecution alleged that she received N40m from a source not named on behalf of her husband.
In one of the counts, the judge himself was accused of receiving N30m from Joe Agi Odey Associates through the GTB account of his spouse between March 11 and 26, 2015.
The judge was also accused in counts eight to 15 of receiving gratifications from various sources including Joe Odey Agi Associates.
He allegedly received $520,000 from Johnson & Johnson Solicitors on May 6, 2013.
The judge was also accused of receiving the sum of N6m from Oshodi, Oshodi & Co. between February 25, 2015 and. April 16, 2015
The prosecution also accused him of receiving N55,650,000 from G.T.J Ademola & Co between January 5 and June 23, 2016.
He was also accused of receiving N40m from Vertice Solutions Ltd. on February 20, 2014.
The prosecution also accused him of receiving N47.6m from Acardian Energy Services Limited on February 20, 2014.
He will also be facing a count in which he was accused of receiving N34.08m from Omotayo Babafemi Aliyu between February 20 and 21, 2014.
He was also accused of receiving N4.7713m from Lawan Sulaiman between February 21 and November 7, 2014.
In the last count, he was accused of N30m from Joe Odey Agi Associates between February 20 and 21, 2014. (Punchng.com)