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Court grants Justice Ademola, wife bail on self re-cognition with N100m

Justice Jude Okeke of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Maitama, Abuja, on Tuesday, admitted bail to Justice Adeniyi Ademola and his wife, Olabowale, who is the Head of Service of Lagos State, Olabowale on self self-recognition in the sum of of N50million each.
Justice Ademola and his wife Olabowale were arraigned before the court by the Federal Government on 11 count charge for fraudulently acquiring huge sums of money as gratification to impede the cause of justice.
They however pleaded not guilty to all the 11 count preferred against them by the FG.
The Judge while ruling on their bail application ordered the defendants to surrender their international passports to the Deputy Chief Registrar of the Court, pending hearing and determination of the charge against them.
The defendants however begged the court to give them seven days within which to deposit their passports, a request that was accordingly granted.
The court subsequently fixed January 18 to commence full-blown hearing on the matter, just as it directed the prosecution to furnish the defendants with copies of the their statements which it intends to rely on in the course of the trial.
Earlier, Counsel to Justice Ademola, Dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN, while moving the application for Ademola’s bail drew the attention of the court to the fact that the Department of State Service, DSS, earlier granted his client bail on self-recognition.
He prayed the court not to impose any condition for bail in excess of the condition earlier imposed on him by the DSS.
He told the court that the 1st defendant will enter an undertaking that he will make himself available for this trial in the same way he made himself available to the schedule of the DSS and schedule of this court in fixing the arraignment.
On his part. counsel to Ademola’s wife, Chief Robert Clarke SAN, adopted the submission of Ikpeazu.
He said: “My lord I will add that the 2nd defendant is the substantive Head of Service of the Lagos State Government. A position that carries huge responsibility, not only within the country but outside the country. “My lord as a Lagosian myself, I can comfortably boast that the state hosts several international conferences, therefore, asking for her passport will greatly hinder her duties on Lagos State needs”.
He urged the court to exercise its discretion in favour of the defendants.
The prosecuting counsel, Mr. Shegu Jegede, who did not oppose the bail application however prayed the court to impose such sanctions that will make the defendants to attend trial as required.
He drew the attention to section 162 of the ACJA and urged the court to take into cognisance the capability of the defendants to tamper with evidence or influence the witnesses. Nevertheless, the prosecution prayed the court to compel the defendants to surrender their international passports.
Justice Okeke after listening to all the submissions in a short ruling held that none of the offences upon which the defendants were charged could attract capital punishment.
Justice Okeke held that the prosecution did not counter the argument of the defendants that they never abused the administrative bail earlier granted to them by the DSS.
He further observed that the prosecution had deposed an affidavit to the effect that it had concluded investigations into the matter and subsequently adjourned to January 18 for the commencement of trial.
You will recall that the FG alleged that he had on January 5, 2015, in his capacity as a public servant, “corruptly received from Joe Odey Agi, a BMW Saloon 320i valued at N8,500,000, through your son, Ademide Ademola, as gratification”, in the exercise of his official functions as a Judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria.
Besides, he was said to have on October 7, 2016, had in his possession, “one Pump Action Rifle with serial number AVAR MAGNUM 6084 without a valid licence and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 3 of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act, 2004”. He was said to have, on the same date of October 7, 2016, had in his possession another Pump Action Rifle with serial number AVAR MAGNUM 6284 without a valid licence.
In count-11, Justice Ademola was accused of having in his possession on the same date of October 7, 2014, “35 rounds of live ammunition (cartridges) without a valid licence and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 3 of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act, 2004”. The offences relating to gratification were said to be contrary to section 8(1) (a) of the Corrupt Practices and other related offences Act, 2000.

Dele Fashomi
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.