Justice Jude Okeke of the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Maitama, Abuja, has discharged Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
The judge dismissed all 18 counts, including gratification charges against Ademola, his wife Olubowale, and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Joe Agi.
He discharged all accused persons in a ruling upholding the no-case submissions filed by the defendants.
The Office of the Attorney General of the Federation, had in 2016 filed the charges against the accused persons following the raid by Department of State Service operatives on the judge’s house on October 7, 2016.
Justice Okeke, in his ruling held that the prosecution was unable to make out a prima facie case with respect to any of the “18 counts on concluding its case with 19 witnesses and exhibits A to ZZZ to warrant calling on the defendants to enter their defence.”
The judge noted that the case of the prosecution was built on strong suspicion and speculation fueled by the feeling of fight against corruption which no reasonable court could base any conviction on.
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