‘How monies were recovered during search of Justice Ademola’s house’
The second prosecution witness (PW2) in the on-going trial of Justice Adeniyi Ademola and two others, over alleged gratification, yesterday told an Abuja High Court that he was not aware whether or not there was a complaint against the judge.
The witness, Ike Onuoha, an operative of Directorate of State Security Service (DSS) had, during evidence in-chief, stated that he led a team of eight other officers in an operation to Justice Ademola’s house at No. 30b, S.O Ogbemudia Crescent, Apo Legislative Quarters, following an instruction by his immediate superior.
Onuoha added that his team was briefed based on a petition and information relating to incriminating items in the house of the said Judge.
During cross-examination by Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), the witness however admitted that he did not see the petition and that he did not know whether or not there was a petition against the Judge.
He had also told the court that after the search exercise, which was in the presence of the third defendant, Joe Agi (SAN) and Justice Ademola’s cook, Ken, the operatives recovered the sum of N54 million, $121, 279, €4,400, £80 and 1,010 rupees.
He added that the two pump action rifles were also recovered alongside 35 life cartridges.
However under cross-examination, Onuoha admitted that there was no complaint of stolen or missing money to have warranted the recovery of the said amount from the Judge’s residence.
He also admitted that his team forced the main door of the Judge’s house open, using screw bar as the cook and the private security guard refused to open the door for them even after he introduced himself and also told them their mission.
Yet, Ikpeazu had confronted the witness under cross-examination that there were bullets holes on the security door of the Judge, but refuted the claim.
The witness was further asked if the Judge searched him before he commenced the search on the house, he witnessed in the negative but added that the cook searched him.
The witness also admitted that he did not see Mrs. Olubowale Ademola, the second defendant and wife to Justice Ademola or any of her property in the house during the operation.
Still under cross-examination by counsel to the third defendant, Jeph Njikonye, the witness admitted that he only heard from the media that the DSS was pursuing a sensitive case against Sambo Dasuki and Nnamdi Kanu.
Justice Okeke granted the adjournment at the instance of the prosecution till today without a cost.
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