Prosecution Witness 12 in the ongoing trial of Justice Adeniyi Ademola and two others over alleged receipt of gratification and illegal possession of firearms yesterday told an Abuja High Court that the Federal High Court paid all its judges their medical allowance in dollars in 2016 due to the instability of the exchange rate.
However, there was a mild drama as the defence counsel, Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN) informed the court that the Prosecution Witness 14, Stephen Okpara, an officer of the Department of State Services (DDS) was reading his evidence from a prepared paper. The trial judge, Justice Jude Okeke, however, asked the registrar to collect the paper from him.
Others standing trial alongside Justice Ademola are his wife, Olabowale, and his family lawyer, Joe Agi (SAN). Part of the charge in which Justice Ademola was standing trial for is the possession of local and foreign currencies in his custody.
Being led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, Segun Jegede, Prosecution Witness 12; Awoyemi Kazeem Adisa, an accountant with Federal High Court, Central Pay Office, Abuja told the court that Justice Ademola came into pay list of the court in 2004 and his salary comes right from the Consolidated Revenue Fund. When asked if he knew the judge’s salary, he told the court that such is documented.
He later read from the document that the annual salary for the Judge is about N8 million per annum. He added that the judges are paid furniture allowance, monthly welfare allowance of N305,000, medical checkup and treatment once in a year abroad and the estacode is subject to the prevailing exchange rate.