- Justice Jude Okeke of the Federal High Court had, while delivering his judgement in favour of Justice Ademola and two others, said they were charged based on mere suspicion
- The presidency is reportedly not comfortable with the judgement and has appealed as well as headed for the CCT with new charges
For Justice Adeniyi Ademola who was freed with his wife by a Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday, April 5, fresh troubles may have just begun as the federal government has appealed the judgement and even filed new charges.
Vanguard reports that the federal government, on Thursday, April 6, appealed the judgement of the high court presided over by Justice Jude Okeke in favour of Adeniyi, his wife, Mrs Olabowale, and a senior lawyer, Joe Agi.
Apart from the appeal, the government, through the federal ministry of Justice, has filed a fresh case at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) against Justice Ademola and his wife for allegedly living above their income.
Part of the new cases against the judge is that he refused to declare their assets.
The report quoted a source as saying the presidency was not happy with the judgement of the high court and that it considers the development strange considering the underlying facts of the case.
“It is even more strange that the trial was not allowed to continue considering the applicable statutory provisions.
“Section 53(1) of the ICPC Act raises a presumption that any gratification accepted or obtained by an accused person must have been corruptly accepted or obtained until the contrary is proved. Section 60 of the Act does not apply to the case,” the source said.
NAIJ.com recalls that Justice Okeke ruled that the case in the 18-count charge against the trio of Ademola, his wife and Agi was based merely on suspicion and speculation rather than real evidences.
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