One of the witnesses lined up by the Federal Government to testify against Justice Adeniyi Ademola in his corruption charges, has alleged that his life is in danger following an attempt to kill him by unknown gunmen.
The Federal Government lawyer, Segun Jegede, narrating the incident before an Abuja Federal High Court on Monday, explained that eight armed gunmen had attempted to assassinate one of the key witnesses to testify against Justice Ademola.
The Prosecution lawyer, following this claim, sought an adjournment when the presiding judge, Justice Jude Okeke called his next witness.
He told the court that the gunmen stormed the residence of Dr. Sani Teidi, who was to witness how Ademola allegedly demanded N25million bribe to grant him bail, on Monday around 2am.
Jegede said but for the quick intervention of the police who rescued the witness, it would have been a different story entirely.
According to him, the witness hid in his bedroom upstairs while his family were held hostage by the assassins.
He said that Ademola’s trial “has progressed to a very dangerous dimension”, adding, that “as I speak, the witness is currently under police protection while the matter is being investigated.”
Based on this event, the planned continuation of trial in the case involving Justice Ademola of the Federal High Court and two others was stalled as the prosecution was unable to present its next witness.
The trial judge, therefore, ordered the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Idris, to ensure all prosecution witnesses as well as defence witnesses and the defendants in the case are all protected “if need be”.
Justice Ademola, his wife and Agi are being tried by the Federal Government over charges of corruption and illegal possession of firearms.
Hearing in the case continues Tuesday.
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