MARYLAND/U. S.A –
Justice Adeniyi Ademola on Thursday tendered his letter of voluntary retirement from the bench of the Federal High Court ahead of his March 2018 due date for statutory retirement.
Although his one-paragraph letter was received at the Office of the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja, on December 7, the letter stated that his retirement took effect from Wednesday – December 6 which the letter was dated.
The letter did not disclose the reason for the judge’s decision. He was among seven judges arrested by the Department of State Services over allegations of corruption in October 2016.
The judge was charged alongside his wife and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Joe Agi, at an Abuja Division of the Federal Capital Territory High Court.
The three accused were however later cleared of all corruption charges.
Reports have it that the National Judicial Council had earlier failed to act on Ademola’s previous letter of notice of retirement dated September 25, 2017.
It was addressed to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, and Chairman of the National Judicial Council, Justice Walter Onnoghen.
Entitled, ‘Letter of voluntary retirement’, the judge’s latest letter read, “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”.