Senior lawyer charged with bribing Nigerian judge with N30 million, BMW

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Nigeria’s government on Wednesday arraigned a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Joe Agi, alongside a judge of the Federal High Court, Adeniyi Ademola, and his wife, Olubowale.

Mr. Ademola and his wife, a former Head of Service in Lagos State, were arraigned on an 11-count charge in December for alleged fraud.

They were later granted bail on own recognisance and were required to pay N50 million each as conditions for their bail.

They were also asked to submit their international passport, pending the determination of the matter.

As stated in parts of the charge against the judge and his wife, they were indicted for allegedly conspiring to collect N30 million gratification from a company belonging to Mr. Agi, Joe Agi and associates, in March 2015.

Both defendants were also accused of committing the act of collecting the said gratification.

The offence is contrary to Section 8 (i) (a) of the corrupt practices and other related offences act and punishable under Section 8(ii) of the same section.

Mr. Agi was on Wednesday included among the accused.

The prosecution counsel, Segun Jegede, explained to journalists after the trial that the third defendant was not initially arraigned because he was out of the country.

He added that his client, the federal government, hesitated to include the third defendant earlier to prevent any attempt to delay the trial.

In the amended charge, now 16 in all, Mr. Agi is accused of paying N30 million in three tranches to the first defendant, in March 2015.

He is also accused of giving a BMW vehicle, worth N8.5 million to the judge, to influence his decision in court.

After Mr. Agi pleaded not guilty to charges against him, counsel to the first and second defendants, Onyeachi Ikpeazu, prayed the court to allow the earlier bail conditions granted his clients since they complied with it and the said bail had been effected.

Counsel to Mr. Agi, Jeph Njikonye, said his client’s bail application has already been served on the prosecution.

He prayed the court to grant the bail, considering the fact that the matter had been slated for continuation on of trial on January 16.

In his reaction, Mr. Jegede asked the court to ensure that stringent bail conditions are imposed to forestall any attempt by the third defendant to abstain from attending his trial.

He said although he would not object to the application for bail, he was concerned about the attendance of the third defendant, as well as that of the other defendants in trial.

Responding, Mr. Njikonye commended Mr. Jegede for his concern about the presence of the defendants in court. He cited instances where his client had demonstrated his willingness to attend trial.

Mr. Njikonye therefore prayed the court to allow his client bail, adding that the bail conditions should not be stringent as Mr. Agi is “a senior citizen, known for his high regard for the rule of law.”

Delivering the judgement, Justice Jude Okoye said the bail granted the judge and his wife on December 13 subsists since the prosecution did not oppose the bail application.

Mr. Okoye added that it is the essential duty of the court to ensure that a defendant attends trial.

He said the court will apply appropriate sections of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act in delivering its ruling.

He ruled that Mr. Agi is to present N50 million as condition for his bail. He is also to deposit his international passport with the court registrar within seven days from Wednesday.


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  • Noble

    Sai Baba!!

    • Okeyisokey

      @disqus_QvIMw7NqUz:disqus

      SENIOR ADVOCATE OF NIGERIA means funeral undertaker at a funeral parlor of reputationally dead Judges.

      • Tunji Olarewaju

        Lolzzzzz!

  • J.A.N

    Editor Premium Times,

    Definition of Senior Advocate of Nigeria [S.A.N]

    You are right to call a hawker by the name he advertises his wares but have you paused to ask
    the meaning of “Senior Advocate of Nigeria” before calling Joe Agi a ‘senior lawyer’ simply because
    he is one those who applied to be called “Senior Advocate of Nigeria” without any competitive exam
    or objective test?

    Thousands of lawyers actually have contempt for such chieftaincy title; and, they don’t become
    ‘junior advocates’ for refusing to apply for the nonsense title of S.A.N which has a current laughable
    meaning. In practice,

    S.A.N means a morally dissolute person who usually offers bribes to judges ahead
    of court hearing, and who will say – if caught – that the money is ‘…to assist the judge bury his father’.
    But when shown transfer papers of other separate payments to the same judge, a S.A.N will say it is
    still to assist the same judge to bury any other person in his family who may die in the future.

    • Tunji Olarewaju

      Lolzzzzz

    • Burbank

      Gbam

    • serubawon70

      lol

  • kinsly

    Senior lawyer? Na wa oooo. No shame at all.

  • Concerned Nigeriana

    @disqus_5qrTly6DBt:disqus: I want to see Justice Adeniyi Ademola
    brought to justice. Our journalists must take his photo at close range
    inside the dock at the next sitting when he is arraigned as accused criminal
    for collecting bribes from Joe Agi (S.A.N).

    Justice Adeniyi Ademola is the grandson
    of the first Chief Justice of Nigeria. Rather than build on the good
    name his grandfather left behind he became a career criminal in wig and gown.

    Justice Adeniyi Ademola who is henceforth called an accused criminal is charged to
    court for virtually running a criminal organization of bribe-takers with his wife as
    the chief accountant of the proceeds of crime. Both Adeniyi Ademola and his wife
    are charged together and docked together, like little children without home
    training, to face justice for the love of money.

    • Isaac Azor

      Justice Ademola and his wife are really a BIG disgrace, not only to the family but also to the legal profession where his grand father was an icon and to the Nigeria civil service.

      • ?????????

        BUT WHY DID JUSTICE ADENIYI ADEMOLA STOOP SO LOW TO BE PROSTRATING

        FOR JOE AGI TO BEG FOR MONEY? WHY DID JUSTICE ADEMOLA BECOME ALIMAJIRI?

    • Fred Duke

      This is the same Joe Agi who was bragging that he was going to defeat the Governor of Cross River State, Prof Ben Ayade at Supreme Court. And he lost out woefully. He didn’t stand election but was warming up to be the Governor. I hope he didn’t rely on this judge to win, because their case was determined in December in the wake of Ademola’s arrest.

      It is this same Joe Agi that his junior brother, Peter Agi was disgraced out of office as the Bursar of University of Calabar after a scandalous outing. The Peter was thrown out after sponsoring cultists and hoodlums to come and fight and maim staff during a protest against him the Bursar. It was a messy case and I even saw a copy of his suspension and later sack letter online. Just google the two names Peter Agi and you will see what they’re made of. Mek una hold am well o. Repeat the same search for Joe Agi and you will see how they roll.

      • Don Arin

        Jeo Agi should end up in jail to set example for others
        So Peter Agi has been removed from office? Their sister Ana Lydia Agi is a notorious drug dealer in Madrid Spain, an old troublesome prostitute who enjoys dating married men and young boys the age of her sons which she bore for three different men.
        A wicked,fetish,and devilish old cargo that enjoys the destruction of marriages and the lives of men.
        A dangerous sex hungry lady that swears with the lives of her three sons that she doesn’t have sex as if it’s a taboo.
        A wicked witch that boost with crime and voodoo. A notorious gang leader of Serria Leon young boys of whom she manipulates with juju against Nigerian’s. She is a perfect pretender, a perfect lair, a wicked deceiver. A wicked lady that takes the sperm of men after sex to native doctor.
        Very selfish, greedy ,egoistic,egocentric, tyrant, seducer of men afterwards rob the man of his luck with juju which she uses to rob on her pussy. You shall fall into the pit which you dug for others Ana Agi, that your trap shall catch you. So mote it be.

    • Burbank

      Adeniyi Ademola is an exception to the rule “like father, like son.”

  • Africa

    Bail conditions should not be stringent as Mr. Agi is “a senior citizen, known for his high regard for the rule of law.” Lol.

    • Burbank

      Gbam

  • COVER_UP and COVER_UP!!!

    1. Why not PROBE Boko Haram (Islamic Terrorists) sponsors? This is corruption too.
    2. Why is Buhari not interested in Capturing/arresting Abubakir Shekau dead or alive?
    3. Why are Chibok girls SHIELDED from the public, journalists and even their immediate families?

    Is it not a sensible thing for any media house to be interested in these state sponsored mischief, lies and corruption rather than useless corruption cases involving Lawyers? Did bribe kill , maim or destroy any property? But Boko haram is killing, and destroying property.

    • Burbank

      Yet you are silent on your PDP’s boss Imam Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff, a Boko Haram sponsor founder.

      • abodes_124

        ..as you would say for example about Burrattai . ‘ Please take your evidence to the authorities so that they can arrest him’.

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    An Egyptian Judge who was accused of mild corruption late last year, committed suicide. Trust hardened criminals like Ademola and his wife to try to defend the indefensible.

  • Kleptocracy at work.

  • Oscar

    Family of greed. ..
    Jeo Agi should end up in jail to set example for others
    So Peter Agi has been removed from office? Their sister Ana Lydia Agi is a notorious drug dealer in Madrid Spain, an old troublesome prostitute who enjoys dating married men and young boys the age of her sons which she bore for three different men.
    A wicked,fetish,and devilish old cargo that enjoys the destruction of marriages and the lives of men.
    A dangerous sex hungry lady that swears with the lives of her three sons that she doesn’t have sex as if it’s a taboo.
    A wicked witch that boost with crime and voodoo. A notorious gang leader of Serria Leon young boys of whom she manipulates with juju against Nigerian’s. She is a perfect pretender, a perfect lair, a wicked deceiver. A wicked lady that takes the sperm of men after sex to native doctor.
    Very selfish, greedy ,egoistic,egocentric, tyrant, seducer of men afterwards rob the man of his luck with juju which she uses to rob on her pussy. You shall fall into the pit which you dug for others Ana Agi, that your trap shall catch you. So mote it be

    • abodes_124

      I am trying my best to get your drift. Are there any charges against this lady who is the main object of your vituperation?