UPDATED: Nigerian judge acquitted of corruption charges ‘resigns’

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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