The Federal Authorities has most well-liked contemporary costs towards Justice Adeniyi Ademola of a Federal Excessive Courtroom in Abuja and his spouse, Olabowale, who’s the Head of Service of Lagos State, earlier than a Excessive Courtroom of the Federal Capital Territory, Maitama, Abuja.
The prosecution amended the costs it filed on December 1, 2016 bringing the unique 14 counts right down to eleven.
Whereas a number of the outdated counts have been dropped, recent ones together with receiving a automotive value N8.5m as gratification from a senior lawyer, Mr. Joe Agi, and being in possession of two rifles with out legitimate licences have been most popular in opposition to the decide.
The trial choose, Justice Jude Okeke, on Monday, fastened December thirteen, 2016 for the arraignment of the defendants.
Just like the outdated set of costs, Justice Ademola and his spouse had been accused within the contemporary counts of conspiracy and receiving gratification of N30m from Joe Agi and Associates between March eleven and March 26, 2015.
The prosecution additionally accused the choose of “coping with property material of an offence” by transferring N85m and N90m, totalling N175m to Franco Dan Parker on February 24, 2014.
Each offences have been stated to be opposite to part 24 of the Corrupt Practices and different associated offences Act, 2000 and punishable beneath the identical legislation.
The choose was additionally accused of trying to obtain gratification within the sum of N25m from one Sani Shaibu Teidi on February 21, 2014.
He was additionally stated to have, on January 5, 2015, in his capability as a public servant, “corruptly obtained from Joe Odey Agi, a BMW Saloon 320i valued at N8,500,000, by way of your son, Ademide Ademola, as gratification within the train of your official capabilities because the choose of the Federal Excessive Courtroom of Nigeria”.
The offences regarding gratification had been mentioned to be opposite to part eight(1) (a) of the Corrupt Practices and different associated offences Act, 2000.
The decide was additionally stated to have, on October 7, 2016, had in his possession “one Pump Motion Rifle with serial quantity AVAR MAGNUM 6084 with no legitimate licence and thereby dedicated an offence opposite to part three of the Theft and Firearms (Particular Provisions) Act, 2004”.
He was mentioned to have, on the identical date of October 7, 2016, had in his possession one other Pump Motion Rifle with serial quantity AVAR MAGNUM 6284 with no legitimate licence.
Within the final rely, he was accused of getting in his possession on the identical date of October 7, 2014, “35 rounds of stay ammunition (cartridges) with no legitimate licence and thereby dedicated an offence opposite to part three of the Theft and Firearms (Particular Provisions) Act, 2004”.
The defendants had been scheduled to be arraigned on Monday however they had been absent as a result of that they had not been served with the costs.
Justice Okeke adjourned the matter until December thirteen, 2016, after the defendants’ lawyer, Mr. Jeph Njikonye, volunteered to simply accept service on behalf of his shoppers.
Lead prosecuting counsel, Mr. Segun Jegede, had advised the court docket that bailiffs tried to serve the couple with the costs however they have been mentioned to have travelled to Lagos.
He stated he was going to ask the courtroom to offer an order for service on the defendants by way of substituted means however that was now not obligatory because the defence counsel had approached him earlier than the proceedings commenced and volunteered to just accept service on behalf of the defendants.
Jegede urged the courtroom to grant depart to serve the defendants by means of their lawyer on the power of part 382(5) of the Administration of Felony Justice Act.
Though Njikonye expressed readiness to simply accept service on behalf of his purchasers, he mentioned was not conscious of makes an attempt to serve the couple personally and, as such, part 382(5) of the ACJA was not relevant within the matter.
The defence lawyer, nonetheless, submitted that the courtroom below its inherent powers may grant the go away for service.
Justice Okeke, in his ruling, mentioned document confirmed that a courtroom bailiff tried to serve the defendants in Abuja, on December 2, however have been mentioned to have trave
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