Justice Agbadu-fishim arraigned over alleged N4.4m gratification
Justice James Agbadu-fishim of the National Industrial Court, Lagos Division was on Tuesday hauled up before Justice Raliatu Adebiyi of an Ikeja High Court over alleged N4.4 million gratifications.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had arraigned Agbadu-fishim for allegedly receiving N4.4million from seven Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN), a lawyer and a law firm from 2013 to 2015.
The seven SANs accused of unlawfully enriching the judge are — Felix Fagbohungbe, Paul Usoro, Uche Obi, Muiz Banire, Adeniyi Akintola Gani Adetola Kazeem and Joseph Nwobike.
The prosecution alleged in the 19-count charge of unlawful enrichment that the judge received funds from a Lagos-based lawyer, Mr Enobong Etteh and Alliance Law Firm.
According to the EFCC, Chief Felix Fagbohungbe (SAN) deposited N200, 000 on Dec. 5, 2013, N700, 000 between May 10 and Dec. 19, 2014, N250, 000 on Feb. 26, 2015 and N250,000 also on Feb. 26, 205 into the First Bank Account with no. 3008199491 belonging to Agbadu-fishim.
The anti-graft agency alleges, that Mr Paul Usoro (SAN) between Aug. 5 and Dec. 12, 2015 deposited N300, 000, between March 25 and March 26, deposited N400, 000 and N100, 000 into the First Bank Account of the judge with no. 3008199491.
The law firm of Gani Adetola Kazeem (SAN), paid N100, 000 on Feb. 10, 2015 and Mr Uche Obi (SAN) between Oct. 17 and Oct. 20, 2013 paid N200, 000, Alliance Law Firm deposited N250,000 into the First Bank Account of the judge with number- 3008199491.
A Lagos-based lawyer, Mr Enobong Etteh, paid the sum of N200, 000 on two occasions into the First Bank Account of the judge with number – 3008199491 on Oct. 27, 2014.
The EFCC told the court that Mr Adeniyi Akintola (SAN), deposited N200,000 on July 12, 2014, N100,000 on Feb. 10, 2014, N100,000 on Feb. 26, 2015 and also N100,000 on Feb. 26, 2015 into the First Bank Account of the judge with number – 2006900216.
The EFCC claimed that Agbadu-fishim received N150,000 on Dec. 12, 2014 and N100,000 on Sep. 10, 2015 from Dr Joseph Nwobike (SAN) into his First Bank Account with number – 2006900216.
Agbadu-fishim, however, denied the 19-count charge.
After the judge’s plea was taken, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, the prosecuting counsel for the EFCC requested for a trial date.