A witness in the ongoing trial of a Federal High Court judge has said that Justice Adeniyi Ademola ‘s son bought a BMW 230i vehicle at N8 million from Coscharis Motors Limited.
The witness, Ifeoma Ofonagoro, a sales consultant with the automobile company said contrary to the prosecution’s claim that Justice Ademola bought a BMW 320i at N8.5 million, it was his son, Ademide that bought a vehicle from the company.
Ofonagoro, the first prosecution witness (PW1) said the first defendant’s son
The witness said She also said the car was sold in the name of Ademide.
The witness said: “While concluding on the purchase of the car, Ademide instructed us to address the quotation of the car to him as the buyer and “attention” the quote to Joe Agi. We did as instructed.”
She said the transaction for the purchase of the car began in December 2014 but was concluded in January 2015.
“In January 5, 2015 , I got a call from Joe Agi that the money has been paid into the company’s Zenith Bank account. I later went to our accounts department to confirm the cash transfer.
“After confirmation, a driver and myself took the car to 16, Babatunde Anjous Avenue, Lekki, Phase 1, Lagos and delivered it to, Ademide who inspected the car and signed the delivery note,” Ofonagoro said.
Ofonagoro said the receipt for the car – BR-04258 – was written in the name of Ademide Ademola on January 5, 2015.
Further into her testimony, the prosecution counsel Segun Jegede prayed the court permit him tender an invoice, receipt and email for the quotation.
Responding to Jegede’s prayer, the defence counsel Onyechi Ikpeazu said the admissibility of the email on ground that it was sent from an iPad which was not certified.
He however did not oppose the prayer by the prosecution.
Onyechi also cited Section 84 of the Evidence Act which required the certification of the iPad of the witness through which the information was sent.
Both counsel to the 2nd defendant, Roberts Clarke SAN and 3rd defendant, J.C Njikonye agreed with Ikpeazu.
To Jegede later withdrew the documents, leaving the invoice and the receipt.
Further, prosecution had sought to tender the statement of the witness.
Defense counsel however opposed to it on ground that such can only be done when there is an ambiguity in the evidence of the witness or when the witness is not around to testify.
They submitted that there’s no ambiguity in the testimony of the witness that warrant the tendering of the written statement.
Jegede had insisted that there is nothing that forbids him from tendering the document in as much as it was the written statement of the witness.
He therefore urged the court to dismiss the submission of the defense.
Responding, trial judge, Justice Jude Okeke after listening to submissions of counsel in the matter adjourned till today for ruling on the admissibility of the document.
Ademola was arraigned alongside his wife Olubowale and a senior advocate of Nigeria Joe Agi.
The trio is facing criminal charges bordering on money laundering and illegal possession of fire arms.
The charges – 16-count – were leveled against the defendants by the Department of State Securities (DSS).
The witness failed to link the judge with the purchase and receipt the vehicle as alleged in the charge.
The DSS had alleged that Ademola received a BMW 320i at N8.5 million through his son.
The vehicle, the DSS said was give to the judge as gratification during his tenure as a judge of the Federal High Court.