By Kunle Olasanmi, Abuja
The National Judicial Council NJC), yesterday accused the federal government of falsehood over claims that it has filed appeal against the judgement of a high court of the federal capital territory, which gave Justice Adeniyi Ademola a clean bill of health.
Justice Ademola, his wife, Olabowale and a senior advocate, Joe Agi, were arraigned before the court over allegation of fraud.
Justice Ademola and other judges of superior court of record were arrested in October, 2016, by the operatives of the state security over alleged corruption.
In a statement by the NJC, signed by Mr. Soji Oye, director of information, the statement said, “Council is particularly concerned about the press statement issued by Okoi Obono-Obla, Esq, special assistant to the president on Prosecution on 8th June, 2017; that the Office of the attorney-general of the Federation filed a notice of appeal against the ruling of Hon Justice Jude Okeke of the High Court of the federal capital territory, Abuja, for discharging and acquitting Hon. Justice A. F. A. Ademola and 2 others on 7th April, 2017.
“Contrary to the above statement, the registry of the High Court of the FCT, Abuja, informed the department of information of the National Judicial Council that the Office of the attorney-general of the Federation filed two notices of appeal in the Court; the first one on 7th April, 2017, against Hon Justice A. F. A. Ademola, his wife, Olabowale Ademola and Joe Agi, SAN. The second one was filed on 6th of June, 2017, two days after the press release was issued by the National Judicial Council, with additional grounds of appeal against only Hon Justice A.F.A. Ademola.