Babatunde Adepoju, a lead investigator in the trial of Justice Adeniyi Ademola, who is facing corruption charges before an Abuja High Court at Maitama, has hinted that President Muhammadu Buhari may have bribed the embattled judge of the Abuja division of the Federal High Court.
Adepoju, who works with the Department of State Service, DSS, dropped this hint on Tuesday in his evidence-in-chief.
He told the court that Mr. Kola Awodehin, SAN, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari in the court during his certificate saga, gave the accused Judge N500, 000 as gift during his daughter’s wedding.
The DSS operative said Awodehin gave cash gift to Justice Ademola at the time the suit seeking to sack President Buhari from office over his alleged none possession of requisite educational qualifications, was still pending before the judge.
Adepoju revealed that he was told by the third co-defendant in the trial, Joe Agi(SAN) that one of the lawyers in the team that defended the suit seeking to prove that Buhari did not have the basic qualification to aspire to the Office of the President, Mr. Kola Awodein (SAN) gave N500,000 to the judge as a gift during his daughter’s wedding.
The DSS operative, however, denied suggestion by the presiding judge that President Buhari bribed the judge to win the case, saying the cash gift from the Buhari’s lawyer during Justice Ademola’s daughter’s wedding did not amount to bribery.
He said, “No my lord. In my opinion, it would be speculative to say the gift by President Buhari’s lawyer was a bribe to Justice Ademola. It is not a bribe.”
Justice Ademola is facing corruption charges alongside his wife, Mrs. Olabowale Toluwatope Ademola, former Head of Service of Lagos State.
A co-defendant in the trial, Mr. Joe Agi, SAN, is accused of giving Justice Ademola a BMW Saloon 320i valued at N8,500,000, through his son, Ademide Ademola.