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NJC sacks Justice Ademola, shuns his resignation letter

*Await President’s decision NJC advises him

National Judicial Court (NJC) said on Thursday that it had recommended Justices Adeniyi Ademola and Segun Tokode, both of the Federal High Court for compulsory retirement over acts of misconduct.

This was despite that Justice Ademola claimed to have voluntarily resigned on Wednesday.

A statement by NJC’s Director of Information, Mr. Soji Oye, said on Thursday that the Council at its meeting on Wednesday recommended the two judges to President Muhammadu Buhari for compulsory retirement.

Oye stated, “he explained that the NJC, under the chairmanship of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, sanctioned Justice Ademola after finding the allegations contained in a petition sent against him by eight persons under the name of ‘Committee of Anambra State PDP House of Representatives Members-Elect’.

“The public is hereby informed to disregard news circulating on some news media that Hon. Mr. Justice Ademola has voluntarily retired.

“The purported voluntary retirement is clearly an afterthought as Council had taken action before his decision to forward any voluntary retirement letter.”

The embattled Justice Adeniyi Ademola on Wednesday tendered his letter of voluntary retirement from the bench of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

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

Although, his one-paragraph letter was submitted to the Office of the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja, on Thursday, the letter stated that his retirement took effect from Wednesday.

The judge did not state the reason for tendering his letter ahead of the anticipated date. The trauma and media bashes he has received since the Judgesgate Scandal may have tired him out that he feels it may be better to vacate.

Justice Ademola was on 13th December, 2016 arraigned alongside his wife Olabowale, who retired as Head of Service of Lagos State on 10th November, 2017.

The couple were arraigned on 11-count charges including conspiracy to receive gratification and receiving gratification of N30 million from Joe Agi and Associates, between 11th and 26th March, 2015.

The couple were, however, discharged in a ruling upholding the respective no-case submissions filed by the defendants.

The court had ruled that the prosecution was unable to make out a prima facie case with respect to any of the 11-count charges on concluding its case with 19 witnesses.

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