Justice Ademola's voluntary retirement dashes hope of Boko Haram suspects

Friday, 08 Dec, 2017

Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court has insisted that he retired voluntarily.

Although, there was no detail as to his reasons for retirement, he was quoted to have given the happenings in the judicial sector as one of his reasons for taking a leave.

"The application is highly meritorious and is hereby allowed, and in the circumstance, order of the chief judge transferring case can not stand and is hereby set aside and ordered to be re-assigned to Justice Ademola for continuation of trial before him".

The council noted that Justice Ademola forwarded his notice of retirement to the council on October 10, 2017.

The one-paragraph letter, submitted to the Office of the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja, said his retirement took effect from Wednesday.

The retirement letter which dated December 6, was received by the Office of the Acting Chief Judge, Abuja on the 7th (today). However, in view of the findings of the Council on certain allegations in a petition against him by a group of eight persons called the "Committee of Anambra State PDP House of Representatives Members-Elect", it said he was recommended for compulsory retirement.

Mr. Justice Ademola has voluntarily retired.

Nigerian Tribune gathered that Ademola's hasty retirement was because of the hint that the 2-day NJC meeting scheduled to end on Thursday will recommend his compulsory retirement, even though he still has three months to stay on the Bench.

Ademola and Joe Agi, Lamido's lawyer and senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), were at the time being tried for corruption related offences.

It said the petitioners had accused Justice Tokode of misleading the Federal Judicial Service Commission and the National Judicial Council by submitting six judgements he claimed to have personally conducted while practising as a lawyer, being a pre-requisite for his application for appointment as a Judicial Officer, on the basis of which he was appointed.

But the trio were exonerated in a judgment delivered by the trial Judge, Justice Adamu Bello, having upheld their no-case submission early this year.

The Judge had contended that allowing the NJC to go ahead with the investigation when the petition had been withdrawn, would amount to gross abuse of his rights.

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