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Fraud Trial: President Buhari’s Lawyer sent N500,000 “Wedding Gift” to Justice Ademola During Certificate Forgery Case – Witness tells Court

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One of the witnesses in the ongoing trial of a Federal High Court Judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola has said that a N500,000 gift was sent through President Muhammadu Buhari‘s lawyer, Kola Awodehin to the judge when the president’s alleged certificate forgery case was before him.

Justice Ademola, his wife, Olabowale and Joe Agi (SAN), are standing trial on an 18-count charge bordering on conspiracy, collection of gratification and money laundering.

An operative of the Department of State Services (DSS), Babatunde Adepoju, who led investigations into the allegations, confirmed on Tuesday that he had been told, during interrogation of Agi, that the gift was sent through Awodehin, to Ademola, for Ademola’s daughter’s wedding.

According to Premium Times, the following exchanges ensued in court between Agi’s lawyer, Jeph Njikonye, and Adepoju:

Question: During the interview with the third defendant, he told you that the wedding gift passed by Ken Hubert and Bassey Bassey was not the only gift received by the first defendant (Justice Ademola), and that the president’s lawyer also passed a gift of N500,000 then for the wedding of the judge’s daughter.

Answer: Yes.

[At this point, a copy of the court document involving the charge against Mr. Buhari on allegations of certificate forgery; (between Chukwunwike Vs President Buhari), was shown to the witness who identified the name of the lawyer (Awodehin), as the third person representing the president in the suit.]

Question: Was Kola Awodeyin, SAN, the one who passed off the gift of N500,000?

Answer: Yes

As a follow up to the response by Adepoju, Agi’s lawyer asked whether the N500,000 given at a time when Buhari had a pending case before Ademola, amounted to a bribe, so that the judge would rule in his favour.

Adepoju answered in the negative, stressing that “such would amount to a speculation in my opinion”.

Adepoju also added that his office did not investigate further to determine the authenticity or otherwise of the claim by Agi.

Adepoju said that Hubert and Bassey who were said to have donated $150,000 (N37 million at the time) to Justice Ademola’s daughter’s wedding could not be linked to any case involving the judge or any of the defendants.

Prosecution counsel Segun Jegede closed their case after presenting a total of 19 witnesses.

Ademola’s lawyer, Onyeachi Ikpeazu, thereafter told the court that his client would like to make a no-case-submission.

According to the defendants, the testimonies from the witnesses and the surface value of the charge had not established prima facie against them.

The judge, Justice Jude Okeke, therefore, ordered all counsel to file and serve the court and each other with relevant processes on the motion before March 15, the next adjourned date.

16 Comments

  1. Xristybabes

    February 22, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Hmmmmmm……ngwanu

  2. Prince

    February 22, 2017 at 11:39 am

    LOBATAN!!!

    • TyJiji

      February 22, 2017 at 9:07 pm

      Simple.
      It’s a gift if it’s from a northerner.
      It’s a bribe if it’s from a southerner.
      You can thank me later at the galleria in abuja cool.

  3. Mawi

    February 22, 2017 at 11:51 am

    L to da O to da L!!!!???

  4. Naija PPle

    February 22, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    People people people.

    Please use brain now. When we are talking of bribe at that level, for that kind of over the top media issue…… You think it is N500k they will be talking about. Obviously this was just a gift. This is naija this kind of gift is not uncommon for weddings, burial etc.

    Naija for show. hehehehehe lol

    • nene+

      February 22, 2017 at 1:36 pm

      I see you ade et all hiding in a new name defending your messiah.

    • nene+

      February 22, 2017 at 1:37 pm

      …et al….

    • Naija PPle

      February 22, 2017 at 2:35 pm

      Who is Ade???????

    • FasholasLover

      February 22, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      @Naija PPle, Obviously, the brain that has been so washed that it can no longer function well is yours. On this blog, do we not say a thief is a thief whether small or big? Get your head out of your ass, your messiah is just as corrupt as the least of dem thieves. For a man who could not afford a million naira nomination form, he dashed someone 500k – a sitting judge who is handling his trial? Biko, what moral lessons did you learn growing up?

      Nobody has yet to tell Nigerians who is gonna query Buhari regarding all the spend/wheeling and dealing when he was President/Minister of all in the six months before the appointment of his noise makers. Even the Duck for all his tom foolery hit the ground nominating. Yet, a man that spent all his post coup/kick out years dreaming of leadership has since been sleeping on duty.

      Buhari has bn in the UK for over a month now at tax payers expense yet, you and your ilk continue to make excuses for his disdain and total lack of respect for Nigerians. What is your definition of corruption woman/man??

    • Ola

      February 22, 2017 at 10:16 pm

      Are you saying 500,000 is too small to be a bribe? Therefore, it wasn’t a bribe. Bribery doesn’t have to be huge amounts, it’s a gesture to sway someone on your side and be on your side. These people are coded now especially Buhari’s camp they know big money at once will easily call for more scrutiny, so they give it in small portions. Whether it was given as gift or not, the fact that Buhari’s lawyer gave the judge money is very suspicious. It was all a game to rule in Buhari’s favor. I know for sure Nigerian lawyers and judges are some of the richest and most corrupt professionals in the country. They hardly practice law and do their job with fair justice. They make loads of money from senators, governors, politicians in general. Why do you Saraki, Dasuki, o Diezani , ex presidents, ex governors, senators are chilling with their looted money and no prosecution. The judges will rule to their advantage bcos they’ve received “gifts” from these people

  5. Marks

    February 22, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    The joke is on all the gullible people with several useless university degrees without an independent mind and simple facts-finding skills that were swayed to believe that that evil, old man was not corrupt. If they had taken some pains to dig into his era as PTF Chairman (let’s even say his era as Head of State in ’84 and as Minister of Peteoleum in the 70’s were way back), we might have been saved of the collective stupidity that was the ‘change’ enthusiasm in 2015.

    • Naija PPle

      February 22, 2017 at 2:38 pm

      I definately not saying the man was not corrupt, even sef that he is not corrupt. But the N500k bribe????? definately is a gift not bribe.

      Look for the real corruption case(s) and prosecute that not just witch hunting to shame someone or point fingers at “enemies” lol

    • tunmi

      February 22, 2017 at 3:09 pm

      Calm down with your insults. BN, you included the dollar equivalent of Hubert and Basset but not of the 500,000 naira which is roughly $1600.

      It is improper to gift a judge who is handling your case even if it is for his child’s wedding. It raises eyebrows but I cannot say definitely that it is a bribe. The daughter’s wedding did happen and the amount is not extravagant. Also the DSS needs to investigate Agi’s claim.

      On another note, this is one instance against the claim that the war against corruption is partisan.

  6. fatima MUSTAPHA

    February 22, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Buhari has no good to offer Nigerians. see wats happening now!

  7. Omoh

    February 22, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    Buhari who did not have N1Million to pick up presidential nomination form, all of a sudden has half the money to dash out as gift. Odiegwu!!! Wehdone Sir

    • Anne

      February 23, 2017 at 6:19 pm

      This sold idea of thinking the President is purely clean is very annoying. They sold it and people bought it. Oya. Let the exposure begin, many people will find themselves repenting before God Almighty. Honesty is the only policy. Let us change our ways.

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