Justice Ademola tenders Letter of Voluntary Retirement

Sergio Conner
December 7, 2017

A Federal High Court judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola, has voluntarily retired.

The confusion followed his decision to hand in his resignation letter dated December 6, 2017, about a month after his earlier letter, dated November 26, 2017, notifying the National Judicial Council (NJC) of his retirement with effect from April next year.

It was however not clear if the case of Justice Ademola was discussed by the Council as the NJC is now before the Court of Appeal in Abuja to challenge an order restraining it from investigating corruption allegation against Justice Ademola.

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

But Agi, led by Kanu Agabi, had challenged Auta's decision which they said was against the provisions of the law since witnesses had been called before Ademola.

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However, NJC, in the appeal it filed alongside three members of its investigative panel- Justice Umar Abdullahi (retd), Justice Babatunde Adejumo and Mrs. Rakiya Ibrahim - raised 10 grounds it urged the appellate court to consider and set aside the verdict.

Lamido is standing trial along with his sons, Aminu and Mustapha; Wada Abubakar, Bamaina Holdings Ltd, Bamaina Company Nigeria Ltd, Bamaina Aluminium Limted and Speeds Intl Ltd, on an amended 43-count charge of money laundering.

Meanwhile, Ademola's letter of retirement may not be unconnected with the mandatory retirement of judges at 65.

However, the Abuja high court, pronounced that the DSS could not prove beyond reasonable doubt it's allegation against the Federal High Court judge.

A source said: "The Judge will be 65 years by March 2018".

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