Just in: FG grants Justice Ademola, wife bail

A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Maitama, Abuja, on Tuesday granted bail in money pledge to a judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja, Justice Adeniyi Ademola and his wife, Olabowale, who is the Head of Service of Lagos State, Olabowale.

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The two were granted bail regarding their trial on charges bordering on receiving of gratification, among others.

Justice Jude Okeke granted bail to the duo on Tuesday,shortly after they were arraigned ‎by the Federal Government.

The judge granted bail to the defendants in the sum of N50m each, totalling N100m for the two of them.

But since the bail was granted in self-recognisance, the two defendants were not required to produce sureties to guarantee release.

The lead prosecuting counsel, Mr. Segun Jegede, did not oppose the bail applications but urged the court to impose terms and conditions that would make the defendants to attend their trial.

In granting the bail on Tuesday, the trial judge said the choice of the prosecution not to oppose the bail applications implied that it admitted all the averments deposed to by the defendants in support of their applications.

The judge however, as requested by the prosecution, ordered the defendants to deposit their passports and other travel documents with the Deputy Chief Registrar of the court throughout the period their trial would last.

Justice Okeke granted the bail on Tuesday shortly after the couple were arraigned  on 11 counts including, being in possession of firearms without valid licence,  conspiracy to receive gratification and receiving gratification of N30m from Joe Agi and Associates, between March 11 and March 26, 2015.

Shortly after the arraignment, Justice Ademola’s lawyer, Dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), ‎and another lawyer representing the wife of the judge, informed the court that they had filed their applications for bail.

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