Justice Ademola Retired To Avert Sack - NJC

Justice Ademola Retired To Avert Sack - NJC

An attempt by Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court to voluntarily retire to beat sanctions has been decimated by the National Judicial Council (NJC) which explained on Thursday that he was compulsorily retired, with immediate effect, following a recommendation it had made to President Muhammadu Buhari.

It said his resignation took effect from the 6th of December.

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.

Justice Ademola was one of the judges tried after men of the Department of State Security raided the homes of judges.

"The application is highly meritorious and is hereby allowed, and in the circumstance, order of the chief judge transferring case can not stand and is hereby set aside and ordered to be re-assigned to Justice Ademola for continuation of trial before him".

But it was learnt that the National Judicial Council did not act on his previous letter of notice of retirement dated September 25, 2017.

The letter indicated that the NJC would receive the letter through the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdu Kafarati.

Justice Ademola's lawyer, Chief Robert Clarke, SAN, while reacting to the NJC's statement, told Vanguard that the Judge retired voluntarily, immediately he was freed by the court of any infractions over the allegations levelled against him by the government.

His voluntary retirement letter came at a time the NJC, which had been considering a petition sent against him, is having a two-day meeting which commenced on Wednesday and is expected to end on Thursday.

Daily Trust understands that Justice Ademola had in the earlier notice proposed April, 2018 for his voluntary retirement from service in March, 2018.

The judge was arraigned on 18 count charges bordering on accepting gratification and illegal possession of firearms before an FCT High Court alongside his wife, Olabowale and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Joe Agi.

The restraining order followed a suit filed by Justice Ademola against the NJC which had already constituted a three-man panel has been constituted to commence investigation into the said petition.

The council took a decision to write the petitioner a warning letter for maligning the name of the judge.