Justice Adeniyi Ademola, one of the eight superior court judges that were arrested after a sting operation conducted in October last year by the Department of State Service (DSS), has voluntarily retired from the Federal High Court bench.

Ademola tendered his resignation letter to the National Judicial Council (NJC) late in the evening on Wednesday after he had presided over several cases, four of which were criminal matters.

His one-paragraph letter was received at the Office of the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja, on December 7 (Thursday), the letter stated that his retirement took effect from December 6 (Wednesday).

Although there was no detail as to his sudden decision to voluntarily bow out of the bench, the embattled judge was however quoted to have cited happenings in the judicial sector as the cardinal reason behind his action.

His decision came a day after the NJC, which is headed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, met in Abuja.

The NJC which is expected to deliberate on its recent controversial recommendation for the elevation of 14 new Justices for the Court of Appeal, had adjourned to conclude its meeting on Thursday.

The judge was due for his statutory retirement in March 2018.

His previous letter of notice of retirement dated September 25, 2017 was not acted upon by the NJC.

Adeniyi was the judge in whose court the DSS arraigned Sambo Dasuki, former National Security Adviser. He also presided over the forgery case which the federal government brought against Senate President Bukola Saraki, Ike Ekweremadu, his deputy, and that which sacked Ahmadu Fintri as acting governor of Adamawa state.

Adeniyi comes from Ogun state and is the grandson of Adetokunbo Ademola, the longest serving Chief Justice  of the Federation in the history of Nigeria.


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