The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami (SAN) has informed the Federal Capital Territory High Court that a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Joe Odey Agi bribed Justice Adeniyi Ademola to the tune of N38.5 million so as to influence the course of justice.
Co-defendants in the fresh charge are 63 year-old Justice Adeniyi Adetokunbo Ademola who happens to be a grandson to the first indigenous Chief Justice of Nigeria, Sir Adetokunbo Ademola, his wife Olabowale Toluwatope Ademola and Joe Odey Agi (SAN).
In an amended 15 count criminal charge filed yesterday through the office of the Director for Public Prosecution (DPP), it was alleged that the embattled SAN was alleged to have used Ademola’s wife - Olubowale Ademola as a conduit pipe to send the money to the federal judge.
It would be recalled that Justice Ademola had December last year challenged the Federal Government to prove the charges preferred against him when he pleaded not guilty to the former charge.
Joe Agi was alleged to have offered the judge the bribe between 11th and 26 March, 2015 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of the FCT High Court.
Joe Agi was also alleged to have given a BMW Saloon 320i valued N8.5m to the judge through his son - Ademide Ademola as gratification.
It was alleged that Ademola attempted to obtain N25m gratification from one Sani Shaibu Teidi as a motive for showing favour in the exercise of his judicial functions contrary to Section 115 (b) of the Penal Code.
It was also alleged that on 24 February 2014, the federal judge transferred in two tranches of N85m and N90m altogether N175m from a GT Bank account to Franco Dan Parker which sum forms proceeds of an unlawful act contrary to Section 24 of the ICPC Act.
On October 7, 2016, the prosecution alleged that security operatives who raided the home of the embattled judge recovered N54m, $121, 279, 4,400 Euros, 80 pounds and 1, 010 Rupees believed to be gratification received by the judge in the exercise of his official functions.
It was further alleged that a pump action rifle Avar Magnum 6284 and 35 rounds of live ammunition without a valid license and thereby committed an offence contrary to the Robbery and Firearms Act.
The three accused persons are expected to be arraigned today before Justice Jude Okeke of the FCT High court, Abuja.
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