Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Alleged Corruption: Justices Okoro, Ademola, Ngwuta risk 58 yrs in jail

According to reports from Vanguard Online News, the Federal Government will, today, formally file corruption charges against three senior court judges out of the seven, who were arrested and quizzed, last month. The three jurists, whose cases are being filed today before the Federal High Court in Abuja, are Justices John Inyang Okoro and Sylvester Ngwuta of the Supreme Court, and a Federal High Court judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola.

The case files of the three suspects, which Vanguard sighted, last night, border mainly on money laundering and illegal possession of firearms.

While Justices Okoro and Ngwuta are to be charged with alleged money laundering, Ademola is facing charges of alleged money laundering and illegal possession of firearms.

The judges may risk no fewer than 58 years in jail, if convicted. Sources close to the Federal High Court in Abuja, confirmed to Vanguard that the cases are to be filed today by the Federal Government to signal a legal battle that may shake and reshape the Nigerian judiciary.

According to court records available to Vanguard, the Federal Government is charging them to court, pursuant to Sections 104 and 379 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015. Specifically, Justice Adeniyi Ademola is slammed with four charges, with two bordering on alleged money laundering and others pinned on alleged illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.