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Despite Corruption Charges, Justice Ademola Resumes Sitting

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Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court Abuja, yesterday, resumed sitting despite the baggage of corruption charges hanging on his neck.

By 8am yesterday, the registrars of his court were seen arranging court documents.

When LEADERSHIP sought to find out whether the judge would be available to conduct the business of the day, one of his staff responded “We don’t know whether he will sit, but we have to play our part.”

It was later discovered that Justice Ademola sat to attend cases before him.

The DSS had last weekend arrested justices Sylvester Ngwuta and John Okoro; the suspended presiding justice of the Court of Appeal, Ilorin Division, Justice Mohammed Tsamiya; Justice Kabiru Auta of the Kano State High Court, and Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

Others arrested were a former Chief Judge of Enugu State, Justice I. A. Umezulike, and Muazu Pindiga of the Federal High Court, Gombe Division.

The security agency accused some of the judges of being ‘incurably corrupt’.

 

As EFCC Grills 2 Judges Over Bribery, Money Laundering

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), yesterday, grilled two Federal High Court judges, Mohammed Nasir Yunusa and Hyeladzira Ajiya Nganjiwa, over allegations bordering on bribery and money laundering.

LEADERSHIP investigations showed that the judges arrived at the Commission’s Lagos office at about 10:05am following an invitation from the EFCC.

Their invitation is sequel to the bribery and money laundering allegations the anti-graft agency discovered during investigations in an ongoing case in which two senior lawyers had already been arraigned in court.

 

LEADERSHIP recalls that the EFCC had on March 9, 2016, arraigned two senior lawyers, Rickey Tarfa (SAN) and Joseph Nwobike (SAN) before a Lagos High Court on allegations of bribing a public official.

Nwobike and Tarfa are facing criminal prosecution for allegedly offering gratification to Federal High Court judges to procure their favour in their discharge of the duties of their office.

Subsequent investigation revealed that the two Judges allegedly received sums of money from the two senior lawyers several times.

The judges were still being quizzed by operatives of the Commission at the time of filing the story.

The EFCC had, last week, revealed that eight judges and two court registrars were being investigated following allegations of corruption levelled against them.

The EFCC stated this in a reaction to a suggestion that the attorney-general of the federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, had lost confidence in the EFCC.

The EFCC said that investigations were proceeding well in the fresh and unrelated probe and that any judges found culpable would soon be arrested and charged to court.

 

Obanikoro Reports To Commission Over N4.7bn Arms Fund

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), yesterday, grilled former minister of state for defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, after he honoured the invitation of the anti-graft agency.

Obanikoro, who served as a minister during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, was accused of being involved in an arms fraud with N4.75bn arms funds reportedly traced to his account.

Obanikoro arrived in Lagos from the United States yesterday and went to Abuja some hours later.

Obanikoro, who has been having a running battle with the anti-graft agency on allegations bordering on financial crimes, left for the United States shortly after the 2015 elections.

The EFCC accused him of using his children to take out government contracts that were never executed.

It would also be recalled that Obanikoro, on a separate charge, was also implicated in the Ekiti election scandal.

Meanwhile, the EFCC could not confirm the story as calls put through to its spokesperson could not go through.

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