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Judges of the Federal High Court in Abuja yesterday shunned courts in solidarity with one of their colleagues arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS).

Justice Adeniyi Ademola, who was arrested at the weekend, sits in Court 7 of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

Litigants, whose cases were scheduled for yesterday, were disappointed when the judges would not sit.

Some of the major cases affected were those involving former Chief of Defence Staff Alex Badeh (retd), former Imo State Governor Ikedi Ohakim and the case filed against the House of Representatives by Shell Nigeria Exploration Production Company Limited (Shell).

Ohakim is being tried before Justice Ademola on a three-count charge of money laundering and false asset declaration.

He is accused of purchasing a property at 60, Kwame Nkrumah Street, Plot No 1098, Cadastral Zone A04, Asokoro District, Abuja with cash payment of $2.29m which was said to be dollar equivalent of N270m in November 2008.

Ohakim was also accused of failing to declare the property as part of his assets when asked by the EFCC to do so.

He was to open his defence yesterday, but for the absence of the trial judge. No date has been fixed for the case.

Badeh and a company, Iyalikam Nigeria Limited, are being tried before Justice Okon Abang for allegedly diverting about N1.4billion belonging to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) between January and December, 2013, an offence which contravenes Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act.

The trial was expected to continue yesterday.

Shell is challenging the jurisdiction of the House of Reps to investigate the process leading to the allocation of oil wells to it.

It is also the company’s contention, in the suit that the planned investigation was subjudice as a similar case filed earlier by Malabo Oil was still pending before the court. The hearing was to open yesterday before Justice Abang.

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  1. Birds of the same feather.........

    Partners in crime. Nothing more than that is expected from them

  2. flock of robbers!

  3. Awon "Oloriburuku" and idiots set of people. They are not ashamed of themselves. In fact, all of them should be thoroughly investigated and brought to book if they are found to be corrupt. Innocent Nigerians are suffering all over the land because of the atrocities committed by these elements. They operate in Nigeria and destroy everything about the country while they send their wives and children abroad to enjoy some of the loots. God punishes them but some of them don't care. Come see their wives here abroad being slept with by younger men. Silly people. I cannot believe it, these people will come here and buy houses cash down. These are houses that you are expected to spend 20-35 years to pay up. People here wonder where they get money from. Their children drive around in all sorts of flashy cars at the expense of hard working and innocent Ngerans. Why would they be collecting bribes? for what? Are they not getting paid? That's one of the reasons people like us left the system. And we thank the Almighty God for the move. The innocents are also attacked or punished by these bad elements when you refuse to do their bidding. Most of the time, I wonder their rationale behind some of the judgements. I have also known something is fishy, therefore I am not surprised with the revelation. We should all condemn corruption so that we can be safe and progressive. Useless set of people. I am sorry for some harsh words I have used. I am just being annoyed and pained by their attitude. Even, the system itself has made almost everyone in Nigeria to be corrupt. We have to help ourselves. Heaven helps only those who help themselves. We cannot continue to support bad radiance. What do they need those monies for? Haba!! Eberu Olohun. If you refuse to have fear of God, then, "Eberu ojo atisun" i.e the last day on earth.


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