Federal High Court Judge, Ademola Retires

UPDATED: Nigerian judge acquitted of corruption charges 'resigns'

Reacting to the development in an interview with Vanguard newspaper, Chief Robert Clarke (SAN), counsel to Justice Ademola, said the Judge retired voluntarily immediately he was freed by the court of any infractions over the allegations levied against him by the Federal Government.

Clarke said, "Justice Ademola who was approaching the voluntary retirement age, resigned moment he was absolved of any wrong doings by the court".

Although, there was no detail as to his reasons for retirement, he was quoted to have given the happenings in the judicial sector as one of his reasons for taking a leave.

A Federal High Court Court Judge, Adeniyi Ademola, accused of corruption and acquitted by the court, has left office.

The letter, which was routed through the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Justice Adamu Abdul Kafarati reads, "I hereby voluntarily retire from the Bench of the Federal High Court of Nigeria with effect from 6th December 2017".

Also receiving a warning letter is Justice Zainab Aliyu Sadat of the High Court of Niger State, who was placed on a three-year watch-list for claiming that the Defendant in Suit No: NHSC/MN/46/2016 failed to make available an authority cited by them after submission of the argument to her.

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Oye stated that the Council at its meeting on Wednesday recommended the two judges to President Muhammadu Buhari for compulsory retirement.

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.

NJC said that although the petitioners withdrew their petitions in accordance with Regulation 16 of the National Judicial Council Judicial Discipline Regulations of March 9, 2017, the council observed that Justice Ademola's action of non-delivery of judgment within the stipulated time amounted to misconduct, contrary to Section 292 (1)(b) of the Constitution and Rules 1.3 and 3.7 of the 2016 Revised Code of Conduct for Judicial Officers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Justice Tsoho had in the said judgement, stopped NJC from investigating Ademola over the petition that was filed by one Hon.

The resignation letter, a copy of which he sent to Channels Television, was tendered before the National Judicial Council (NJC) on Thursday morning.

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