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February 2, 2017

SAN tranferred N30m to Justice Ademola’s wife, bank officials tell court

SAN tranferred N30m to Justice Ademola’s wife, bank officials tell court

Justice Ademola and his wife, Olabowale at Abuja court recently.

By Ikechukwu Nnochiri

ABUJA—Two bank  officials, yesterday, narrated before an Abuja High Court at Maitama, how Mr. Joe Agi, SAN, within 16 days, paid N30 million into an account belonging to Justice Adeniyi Ademola’s wife, Olabowale.

The bankers, Mr. Teslim Ajuwon, a compliance officer with Zenith Bank Plc and Mrs. Sukie Ambrose, an internal control officer with the Guaranty Trust Bank, GTB, testified before trial judge, Justice Jude Okeke as 8th and 9th prosecution witnesses, respectively.

Justice Ademola and his wife, Olabowale at Abuja court recently.

The duo told the court that Agi, electronically wired the money to Justice Ademola’s wife between March 11 and 26, 2015.

Ademola who hitherto served at the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, his wife, and Agi, are facing a 16-count charge the Federal Government initiated against them.

According to the PW-8, Mr. Ajuwon, the accused SAN had on January 5, 2015, transferred N8m to Coscharis Motors Limited.

He told the court that the Department of State Service, DSS, had on December 6, 2016, requested Zenith Bank to furnish it with the statement of account, mandate, as well as certificate of identification in respect of Joe Agi and Associates.

“Subsequently, on December 7, 2016, my bank responded to the request and provided the aforementioned documents.  From the documents, on March 11, 2015, there was a NIP credit of N10m in favour of Ademola Toluwalope, Guaranty Trust Bank, from Joe Agi and Associates.

“My lord on March 16, 2015, there was another NIP credit of N10m in favour of Ademola Tolulope in GTB from Joe Agi and Associates.  On March 26, 2015, there was another NIP credit of N10m in favour of Ademola Tolulope in GTB from Joe Agi and Associates.

“NIP is an electronic means of transferring money from one bank to another bank.”

Asked under cross-examination if he knew the purpose for which the money was transferred, the witness said: “My lord, the customer’s reasons would have been indicated on the transfer form. The bank has the transfer instrument and upon request it can be produced.

“I do not know the purpose for the transfers. However, on the face of the documents, I do not see an act of illegality or commission of crime.”

The PW-9,  Mrs. Ambrose corroborated his  evidence, confirming  that Agi transferred N30m to account Ademola’s wife operated with her bank, GTB.

Both witnesses told the court that there was no transfer of fund from any of the accounts in question to Justice Ademola.

Earlier, wife of a former Director in the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, Hajiya Fatima Shuaibu, insisted that Justice Ademola, through an agent she identified as Kingsley O. demanded N25m bribe to grant bail to her husband, who was on trial over alleged N4.5bn pension fraud.