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Corruption: FG files 15-count criminal charges against Justice Ademola, wife

THE Federal Government, on Monday, formally filed 15-count criminal charges, against a 63-year-old serving judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Adeniyi Francis Adetokunbo Ademola and his 59-year-old wife, Mrs Olabowale Toluwatope Ademola.

The charges were, on Monday, filed at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, signed by Hajara Yusuf, a principal state counsel in the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF).

The duo is alleged to have committed the offences between February 2014 and June 2016, contrary to Section 8 of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission Act, 2011 and Section 115 of the Penal Code Law.

The defendants allegedly received N30,000,000 from Messrs Joe Odey Agi Associates, between 11th and 26th of March 2015 and another N40 million between 20th and 21st February 2014.

Justice Ademola was alleged specifically, to have received N30million from Messrs Joe Agi Associates between March 11 and 26, 2015, while his wife also received N30,000,000 from Messrs Joe Agi Associates.

According to the prosecution, Justice Ademola, on May 6, 2013, received $520, 000 from Messrs Johnson & Johnson Solicitors and another N6million between 25th of February and 16th April 2015 from Messrs Johnson & Johnson Solicitors.

Justice Ademola was also alleged to have accepted N55,650,000:00 from Messrs G.T. J Ademola & Co between 5th January and 23rd June 2016.

It was further alleged that Justice Ademola, on 20th February 2014, accepted N40 million from Vertice Solutions Ltd, as well as accepting another N47,600,000 from Acardian Energy Services Ltd.

The prosecution further alleged that Justice Ademola, on February 20, 2014, accepted N34,080,000 from Omotayo Babafemi Aliyu  and N4,771,300 from Lawan Suliaman between 21st February and 7th November 2014.

He was also alleged to have accepted N30 million from Messrs Joe Odey Agi Associates between 20th and 21st February 2014.

Justice Ademola was one of the serving judges who was arrested on October 8, 2016 by the Department of State Services (DSS).

No date has been fixed for trial as the case is yet to be assigned to a judge.