Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, one of the judges arrested by the Department of State Services, DSS, last weekend, has emphatically claimed that he is persecuted as a revenge from the attorney of the Federation, AbubakarMalami and for granting bail to the ex-National Security Adviser, NSA, retired Col Sambo Dasuki.
The Judge also claimed that his ruling in favour of the NnamdiKanu, the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, among other crucial decisions based on law were the reasons he was being tried.
Justice Ademola revealed that he had ordered the arrest and detention of the Malami over a professional misconduct while he was a Judge in Kano between 2004 and 2008.
According to a letter he allegedly wrote on October 11, to Mahmoud Mohammed, Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), he claimed that he was held for over 24 hours before he was told the reason why he was brought to the DSS office.
“..Upon signing the document, they told me that I am under arrest and ordered me with guns still pointed at me to move outside. As I was going, they told me they were taking me to their office, Department of State Services (DSS) office, without showing any warrant of arrest.
“I obeyed them and about six o’clock in the morning; I was whisked away from my residence to the DSS office without any warrant of arrest or reason for my arrest.
“From the time of my arrival at the DSS office, at about 6:45am on 8/10/2016, I was not told what my crime was for over 24 hours till the evening of 9/10/2016.
“A DSS official finally informed me that my arrest were based on these three allegations; petition of Hon. Jenkins Duvie dated 4th of April 2016 to the National Judicial Council (NJC); granting bail to Col. Sambo Dasuki and the unconditional release of NnamdiKanu; and using my office to secure my wife’s appointment as the head of civil service, through Senator Bola Tinubu”, the letter read.
Further, he allegedly claimed that his present travails may not be unconnected with his order for the arrest and detention the present Attorney General for a professional misconduct while he was judge in Kano between 2004 and 2008.
“What is more intriguing in this whole episode, is that I see it as a vendetta/revenge from the Hon. attorney general of the federation, Abubakar Malami; whilst I was in Kano between 2004 and 2007 as a federal high court judge, he was involved in a professional misconduct necessitating his arrest and detention by my order,” he said.