Why I Gave Justice Ademola Money, Buhari’s Lawyer Explains

Why I Gave Justice Ademola Money, Buhari’s Lawyer Explains

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Kola Awodein, has reacted to news making the rounds that he gave Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, currently standing trial for alleged corruption, the sum of N500,000 at the behest of President Muhammadu Buhari during the certificate saga of the then presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress.

Awodein described the allegation as “malicious, utterly ridiculous, and revolting”.

He said this in a statement on Wednesday.

The statement reads in full: “I am constrained to make in absolute good faith, in good conscience and in the interest of justice and fair play the following very short statement on account of the distorted news story currently being peddled as affecting the person of Mr. President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and my good and very noble self.

“The very simple and plain facts are as follows:

“I have known as a friend and for well over 35 years Mr. Justice Niyi Ademola, a notorious fact known to majority of lawyers who have practiced especially in Lagos for over that same period more or less and also to so many other professionals of other disciplines and other prominent and not so prominent Nigerians.

“It is a fact that the sum of money mentioned was personally paid by me as a friend to Mr. Justice Ademola as a personal gift, as our custom well recognizes and demands, on the occasion of his daughter’s High Society wedding solemnized at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina, Lagos, on the 9th of May 2015, which I attended in person.

“I was fully convinced then, as I remain today, that I could do no less as a friend of longstanding to fairly reasonably support him on that memorable occasion of his daughter’s wedding.

“Anyone and everyone who knows me would readily and unquestionably testify that I am and have always been a man of impeccable integrity on and off the Courts and that such a record speaks always loudly for itself.

“I would conclude by stating categorically and without any equivocation that ANY link whatsoever with Mr. President, or any court case or cases, of my personal gift from my personal resources delivered to Justice Niyi Ademola by myself on that occasion or any suggestion whatsoever that it was anything but such a gift or that it ever came from Mr. President or at his instance or that I was acting, under any circumstances, on his behalf is most malicious, utterly ridiculous and in very very poor and revolting taste and most undeserving of any further comments.”

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15 Comments

  1. Half a million naira to a friend who is already slated to judge a case you are involved with in a couple of days time; is nothing but a bribe.
    You as a judge should know that
    Wisdom and integrity, demands that you should just have attended the wedding in person initially without a loud gift.
    You could give a gift after the judgement of the case has been passed. I rise!
    That is my unbiased submission

  2. When they are talking bribes in the Judiciary at that level,please and please stop talking 500k!!

    …and the man knew before he paid in his name to the account.

    #nextnewsplease

  3. As far as I’m concerned, this is a very plain, traceable and open transaction. The questions are: was there a wedding at that time? Yes, common knowledge. Does the SAN lawyer have enough income to give a friend 500k for wedding? Again, Yes. Was there any attempt at hiding this transaction? No, he paid in his name. Was there any denial by the payer or payee? Again, no. Does the Constitution forbid lawyers from being friends and associates outside the courtroom, even when on opposite sides on a case? NO. Can someone please show me the illegality in this transaction, and explain how it’s linked to the President, who is currently probing justice Ademola for corrupt practices please?

    • @Ibraheem I advise u to try to brandish this quasi-intelligence of yours to illiterate market men and women, don’t compromise your integrity here! Have u ever heard of conflict of interests? Tell your erring lawyer idol to lecture u! Don’t come here and start sounding sermonical (u and ur friend) when u both have no substance to offer. People like u can put up any argument to persuade others into accepting excreta as food!…just for the sake of putting up arguments! Mtcheeew!!

  4. I stand against anyone that will call d gift a bribe. To me it’s a gift from a friend which is normal. In yoruba culture when your friend is celebrating such an elaborate occasion, you can presents him or her a cash or materials.

    • @ Mrs Ronke Oginni such gift at a time when the receiver is about to decide on a case you are defending can influence the judge verdict, hence the timing of the gift is wrong. My own candid opinion.

    • @Mrs Ronke it is called officially ‘conflict of interest’ and lawyers are the best judges of that. Tribal practice cannot cover up for such please. Let’s endeavor to put up guided and informed views on notty issues!

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