The National Judicial Council on Wednesday presented a document before Justice Jude Okeke of an Abuja High Court clearing Justice Adeniyi Ademola of any judicial misconduct in a petition filed against him by one Hajiya Fatima Sani Shuaibu, wife of a former Director at Pensions Account Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation.
It was alleged that the judge requested for a bribe of N25 million from her husband as motive for showing favour in the exercise of his judicial duty as judge.
The trio of Justice Ademola, his wife, Olubowale and Joe Agi (SAN) are facing charges over a 16 count charge bothering on alleged giving, receiving of gratification and illegal possession of firearms.
The prosecution had listed the NJC as part of its witness in the ongoing trial and at the same time invited it to come and tender a petition filed by Fatima Shuaibu against Justice Ademola, Certified True Copy of the investigative panel proceedings and the Certified True Copy of the panel’s reports.
At the resumption of proceedings on Tuesday, the Director of Administration of the Council, E.I Odukwu presented the document to the court. The court in turn admitted the documents.
The Prosecution had requested for the document to support Count 11 of its charge wherein it alleged that Justice Ademola on or about February 21, 2014 in his capacity as a judicial officer attempted to obtain gratification in the sum of N25 million from Sani Shaibu Teidi as a motive for showing favour in the exercise of his official functions contrary to Section 115(b) of the Penal Code Act, Cap 532 Laws of the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria, Vol. 4, 2007.