Only President can approve licence for type of gun found with Justice Ademola-witness

SSS operatives
SSS operatives

Tanimu Jeremiah, an Assistant Police Superintendent, and a prosecution witness in the trial of Justice Adeniyi Ademola, told the FCT High Court on Thursday that only the President could approve for use the type of gun found in Justice Adeniyi Ademola’ s residence.

Mr. Ademola, a Federal High Court Judge, his wife, Olabowale, and Joe Agi, a senior advocate of Nigeria, are standing trial before Justice Jude Okeke on allegations of fraud and possession of illegal arms.

The witness said the firearm was Avar magnum with capacity of eight rounds with cartridge of 12 inches each.

“The law is clear about issuance of licence for this type of firearm for private use. Only the President reserves the right to approve application for licence for such firearm.

“This was not so with this present situation,’’ he said.

Another witness, Awoyemi Adisa, an accountant with the Federal High Court tendered some documents on salaries and emolument of the first defendant (Ademola).

Mr. Adisa informed the court that the consolidated annual salary for a federal judge was about N6.3 million.

Justice Adeniyi Ademola
Justice Adeniyi Ademola

He also told the court that the judges were given N5.3 million furniture allowance in every four years, adding that the document covered 2009 and December 2016 financial year.

According to him, other welfare packages for judges include N305, 000 as medical allowance and a slot for an overseas trip once in a year.

Mr. Adisa said $6, 300 was paid for the defendant’s overseas trip and for his medical allowance in 2016.

He also said N180, 474 was remitted to him as leave allowance for the out-gone year.

Mr. Adisa further told the court that a judge was entitled to a car advance worth N7.2 million repayable within 5 years.

Giving evidence also, Christie Ende, the Deputy Registrar of the Federal High Court, tendered the certified true copies of some of the cases handled by Mr. Ademola.

They included the case of Federal Government against Sani Shaibu and Teidi Friday Ukpong against the Chief of Naval Staff.

Also the case between Jenkins Duvie Giane Gwede and the Delta State House of Assembly was admitted as evidence.

She said the third defendant (Mr. Agi) had appeared as counsel in the listed cases decided by Mr. Ademola.

Another witness, Stephen Opara, an official of the State Security Service (SSS) who interviewed and took Mrs Ademola’s statement, also tendered the video in court.

Mr. Ademola is one of the seven judges prosecuted after raids carried out by the SSS on October, 2016.

(NAN)


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  • FreeNigeria

    These tiff tiff corrupt beyond words judges are very well paid. Why will an overseas trip be a benefit? if you can’t afford it from your salary, please stay home.

  • Reginald Dandeson

    Talking about emoluments, consolidated annual salary means annual basic salary plus all other allowances such as leave allowance, housing allowance, transport allowance, medical allowance, hazard allowance, and so on, all put and delivered as a single package. That’s how it ought to be for all civil/public servants. If the judges get their consolidated salary and still receive leave allowances, for instance, it means that the consolidated salary structure introduced by Olusegun Obasanjo’s regime was simply designed to deny some categories of civil servants certain basic allowances that could have cushioned the harsh effects of their living realities in Nigeria.

    In fact, looking at what has happened with the issue of monetization of certain benefits like housing and transport in the public service, and how lots of public funds are still being spent on housing and vehicles for certain categories of public servants, it becomes very clear that the Obasanjo regime was out to punish the generality of Civil Servant in Nigeria. Mind you, that government sold out government quarters to those occupying them, all in the name of monetization policy. But government continues to spend money building lots and lots of staff quarters for some levels of public servants.

    In summary, government needs to revisit the consolidated salary policy and ensure that no civil servant is shortchanged by the policy.