JUSTICE Adeniyi
Ademola yesterday
tendered his letter of
voluntary retirement
from the bench of the
Federal High Court.
The judge was due for
his statutory retirement
in March 2018 but
suddenly turned in his
letter of resignation dated
December 6, yesterday.
Although his oneparagraph
letter was
received at the office of
the acting Chief Judge of
the Federal High Court
in Abuja on December
7 (Thursday), the letter
stated that his retirement
took effect from December
6 (Wednesday).
The letter did not
disclose the reason for the
judge’s decision.
But it was learnt that
the National Judicial
Council did not act on
his previous letter of
notice of retirement dated
September 25.
Addressed to the Chief
Justice of Nigeria and
chairman of the National
Judicial Council, Justice
Walter Onnoghen, the
letter indicated that the
NJC would receive the
letter through the acting
Chief Judge of the Federal
High Court, Justice Abdu
Kafarati.
Titled ‘Letter of
Voluntary Retirement,’
Ademola stated: “I
hereby voluntarily retire
from the bench of the
Federal High Court with
effect from December 6,
2017.”
The footnote of the
letter added: “This letter
supersedes my previous
notice of retirement
from the Federal High
Court of Nigeria dated
25/09/2017.”
The decision of the
judge was a sudden one
as he had only some days
ago fixed yesterday for
judgment in a terrorism
case.
The letter also came at a
time the National Judicial
Council, which had been
considering a petition
sent against him, is
having a two-day meeting
which commenced on
Wednesday.
Earlier yesterday,
lawyers, journalists
and defendants facing
terrorism charges
scheduled for judgement
were turned back by
Justice Ademola’s court
officials.
One of the officials told
all lawyers whose cases
were scheduled to come
up yesterday to return to
the court next week for a
new date.
Justice Ademola was
one of the judges arrested
by the Department of
State Service, DSS, last
year October.
He was subsequently
prosecuted alongside his
wife, Olubowale, and
a Senior Advocate of
Nigeria on gratification
charges.

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