The Federal Government on Monday told a Federal Capital Territory High Court that it would call 14 witnesses to prove its case against the suspended judge of a Federal High Court, Justice Ademola Adeniyi, his wife, Olabowale, and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Joe Agi.
The three defendants were rearraigned last week on a 16-count criminal charge, bordering on allegation of fraud.
At the commencement of Monday’s sitting, the prosecution, Segun Jegede told the court in his opening statement that pursuant to Section 300 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015, that the complainant would be calling 14 witnesses in order to prove its case against the defendants.
The prosecutor said 12 out of the 14 are “factual witnesses”.
In addition, Jegede informed the trial judge, Justice Jude Okeke, that the FG would be calling the Executive Secretary of National Judicial Council (NJC) and the Chief Registrar of the Federal High Court who “are to be subpoenaed to produce documents difficult to obtain from these institutions”.
Among the “Fact witnesses”, the prosecutor said he would call an operatives of the DSS who will testify mainly on the search conducted at the residence of Justice Ademola on October 7, 2016.
“The witness will disclose that among items found were cash sums of N54 million, $121,000 US Dollars, 2 pump action rifles with several rounds of ammunition without valid license,” Jege said.
Also to be called as a witness is an investigator who investigated the case and received the three defendants in the office; he will describe the condition under which the defendants gave statements.
In addition, the prosecutor said he would call Dr. Shuaibu Teidi as a witness, whereby he will give evidence concerning his travails in the hands of Justice Ademola when he (Teidi) was charged before the 1st defendant in connection with the pension funds scandal.
“He will testify on the circumstances leading to the demand of N25 million bribe in order to enable the witness (Teidi) leave the dingy cell of Kuje Prison to the comfort of his home. He will talk about how he ended up at the Court of Appeal and NJC.
“Officials of GTBank and Zenith Bank will also testify on the matter” Jegede said.
Meanwhile, a staff of Coscharis Motors Ltd, Miss Ifeoma Anagolu has testified on how Joe Agi, the 3rd defendant purchased a BMW Saloon 320i worth N8 million for Ademide, son of Justice Ademola.
Anagolu testified that the deal for the purchase of the car was done on January 5, 2015.
The copies of invoice, receipt and delivery mail were tendered and admitted in evidence.
However, the court will today rule on whether or not it will admit the written statement of Ifeoma Anagolu, following its objection by Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), Robert Clarke (SAN), and Josh Njikonye, counsels representing the 1st, 2nd and 3rd defendants, respectively.