One of the embattled judges whose house was raided by officers of the DSS on October 7, 2016, Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court finally threw in the towel on Thursday December 7, 2017 as he tendered a voluntary retirement letter from the services of the Federal High Court Judicial Service Commission.
Already the retirement is causing ripples as it suggests that he is leaving service in a hurry. This is because Justice Ademola initially tendered a resignation letter on November 26, 2017, only for him to tender another one to the National Judicial Council on Thursday morning and another one letter before at the office of the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdul Kafarati. He however stated that his current letter superseded the one he wrote earlier. The NJC is currently meeting in the nation’s capital.
Gavel International sources revealed that his letter to NJC have been acknowledged. The source further revealed that the embattled judge may have taken his decision to ward off another embarrassment as the authorities may have concluded plans to swoop on him again after the court has ruled that he has no case to answer.
On April 5, 2017, Justice Jude Okeke of the same court dismissed the 18 count charge of corruption preferred against the judge, his wife, Olubowale, and a senior lawyer, Mr Joe Agi SAN. Justice Okeke ruled that the prosecution was unable to make out a prima facie case with respect to any of the 18 counts on concluding its case with 19 witnesses and exhibits A to ZZZ to warrant calling on the defendants to enter their defence.
Justice Okeke in his final comments noted that the case of the prosecution was built on strong suspicion and speculation fueled by the feeling of fight against corruption which not reasonable court could base any conviction on.
Based on this judgement, Justice Ademola’s wife, who was the Head of Service in the Lagos State Civil Service was reabsorbed back to her position by the governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode. She also after a few months retired from service, having reached the required age for retirement.
Recently, many litigants have asked for their cases to be withdrawn from his court because of integrity questions. It was obvious that this would happen after the midnight raid he and seven other judicial officers were subjected to last year.
Justice Ademola was due for retirement in April next year at the attainment of the 65 years mandatory retirement age. He hails from a lineage of Justices that had served Nigeria before him. His grandfather, Justice Adetokunbo Ademola served a Chief Justice of Nigeria, while his father, Justice Adenekan Ademola retired as a Justice of the Court of Appeal. Both are of blessed memories.