In a letter to the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen dated December 6, 2017 titled: ‘Letter of Voluntary Retirement’, Justice Ademola explained that the latest letter “Supersedes an earlier notice of retirement dated 25/09/2017.”
The letter, which was sent through the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdul Kafarati, was also copied the Executive Secretary of the National Judicial Council (NJC), Ahmed Saleh.
Justice Ademola was initially billed for retirement in March, 2018 before the sudden notice to the NJC.
He was among eight judges arrested and detained by the Department of State Services (DSS), following a raid in their homes on October 8, 2016.
He is facing an18 count charges bordering on accepting gratification and illegal possession of firearms alongside his wife, Olabowale and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Joe Agi.
However, a close acquaintance of Justice Ademola, who pleaded anonymity, told Daily Trust that the judge decided to go because he had only 90 days left on his statutory retirement age.
“He had about 90 days to go because by the end of March, he would have gone already, so there was no need hanging around. He must have just said, ‘all these wahala is just too much for me,” he said.
“If not for the distortion of public service from what the colonial master left for us, when you have three months to go, you should begin your retirement leave to get used to life on the other side. So, there is really nothing in his decision. If he had one or two years left, you can suspect anything,” he added.