The Federal High Court in Abuja has adjourned the trial of Justice Adeniyi Ademola and his wife, Olabowale till January 18, 2017.
Ademola and his wife, Olabowale, the Head of Civil Service in Lagos State, are standing trial over a 15-count charge of corruption to the tune of N248 million.
Justice Jude Okeke adjourned the case after both were granted bail in self-recognisance on Tuesday.
Following the requests by the defendants’ lawyers, Dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN) representing Justice Ademola and Chief Robert Clarke (SAN), representing the wife, the trial judge ordered the prosecution to serve the defendants’ statement on the defence lawyers before the next hearing date.
The defence lawyers had moved their clients’ bail applications after the defendants pleaded not guilty to the 11 counts preferred against them on Tuesday.
While ruling in the bail applications, Justice Okeke granted bail to the defendants in self-recognisance.
They were granted bail in the sum of N50m each, totalling N100m.
But since the bail was granted in self-recognisance, the two defendants were not required to produce sureties to guarantee their release.
The lead prosecuting counsel, Mr. Segun Jegede, did not oppose the bail applications but urged the court to impose terms and conditions that would make the defendants to attend their trial.