By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
ABUJA – An Abuja High Court at Maitama, Wednesday, slated January 16 for the Federal Government to produce witnesses to testify against Justice Adeniyi Ademola who is facing corruption charges alongside his wife, Olabowale.
Trial Justice Jude Okeke fixed the date after FG re-arraigned the embattled Judge who hitherto served under the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, his wife and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Joe Agi.
The defendants pleaded not guilty to an amended 16-count criminal charge.
FG alleged that the Judge had in the discharge of his official duties, received bribe from Agi to the tune of N38.5million and perverted the course of Justice.
Ademola was alleged to have received the bribe money from the SAN through a Guarantee Trust Bank, GTB, account number 201/110160/1/1/0, operated by his wife who was the former Head of Service in Lagos State.
FG said its investigations revealed that the illicit deal occurred between March 11 and 26, 2015, in Abuja within the jurisdiction of the FCT High Court.
Agi, SAN, was also alleged to have given a BMW Saloon 320i valued at N8.5 Million to the judge through his son – Ademide Ademola, as gratification.