UPDATED: Nigerian judge acquitted of corruption charges ‘resigns’

Justice Adeniyi Ademola
Justice Adeniyi Ademola

A Federal High Court Court Judge, Adeniyi Ademola, accused of corruption and acquitted by the court, has left office.

The judge “voluntarily retired” on Wednesday after submitting his letter to the Chief Justice of the Federal High Court in Abuja, the News Agency of Nigeria reported Thursday.

The judge was due for statutory retirement in March 2018, but he suddenly turned in his letter of voluntary retirement dated Dec. 6, 2017.

The one-paragraph letter, submitted to the Office of the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja, said his retirement took effect from Wednesday.

The judge did not state the reason for tendering his letter ahead of the anticipated date.

The spokesperson for the National Judicial Council, Soji Oye, could not be immediately reached.

Mr. Ademola was among seven judges accused of corruption in October 2016.

The judge was charged alongside his wife and a senior advocate of Nigeria, Joe Agi, at an Abuja Division of the Federal Capital Territory High Court.

The three accused were however later cleared of all corruption charges.


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  • bola

    he took a bold step who knows who will bring the case up again if he stays longer, go with your conscience, God knows what goes on in your mind

    • emmanuel

      It was a negotiated exit. No one has the audacity to bring up the case again. His case would not be appealed.
      If that is done, just know it is a face saving gimmick by the FG.

  • Kareem Raji

    He goes with shame. Even the money he made from yahaya bello of kogi to manipulate the election verdict will sustain him for another lifetime.

  • Malik

    This is why he suddenly retired:

    ‘Appeal Court Returns Lamido’s Case to Justice Ademola

    Counsel for Lamido, Kanu Agabi, SAN, had approached the Appellate Court, after Justice Quadri of a Federal High Court Abuja, dismissed two applications brought before the court, one asking that the case be returned to Justice Ademola before whom Lamido’s trial began in 2015, and another accusing the trial judge of bias.

    Counsel for EFCC, Chile Okoroma, had argued that transferring the case to Justice Ademola could “raise issues on the likelihood of bias”, noting that Joe Agi, SAN, a counsel for Lamido, stood trial along with Justice Ademola, who retires in March 2018, before they were later acquitted of the charges.

    Justice Quadri, while dismissing the applications, had ruled that: “In respect to the circumstances of this case, nowhere is it said in the ACJA that where the trial judge is unable to be present for proceeding in a matter, the Chief Judge is constrained from re-assigning the case.


    Justice Ademola decided to quickly retire knowing Kanu Agabi, SAN would approach him with the usual bribe he’s known to collect in legal circles.

    The guy quickly waka before Agabi put am for yawa again.

  • obiora

    Ademola has proved that he is a Human. Can your president dream thesame?.

    • emmanuel

      Na lie, he struck a deal with Buhari. Buhari bribed him to quash his certificate forgery case with N500,000.00. When Lawal Daura of DSS over stepped his bounds to arrest someone who had Buhari’s sac in his hand, the man quickly leaked information to the media and pronto, the process of setting him and his wife free began on fast track basis.
      That is exactly why he was the first to be set free of all the Judges and Justices arrested. Meanwhile, he was not the first to be arrested.
      This signals an end to a fight back by Ademola. It is only Nigerians or a new government that will institute investigation into the N500,000.00 bribe in the future. As of now, Ademola has won Buhari, although, it is a win-win situation for both of them.
      This is corruption – Buhari fighting back.