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.Prof. A. Amuda (SAN), counsel to Agbadu-fishim, asked the court to grant the judge bail.“I will ask My Lord for your leave to apply for the bail of the defendant.“Pursuant to the case of Abiola VFRB, we are saying this with all sense of respect the defendant being a judge of the National Industrial Court was just served yesterday at 5pm with this charge.“It was at this time that he got the charge that I couldn’t get a flight to Lagos from Port – Harcourt and I had to travel overnight to Lagos to represent my client.“I pray that the court grants bail to the defendant on self recognisance, he is a judge of the National Industrial Court and he has started sitting.“My Lord we pleas that your Lordship grants the defendant bail.”Responding, Oyedepo told the court that he would not be opposing the bail of the judge.“I leave the issue of bail to the discretion of your Lordship, I ask that your Lordship secure the bail terms that will ensure the attendance in court of the defendant,” he said.In her ruling, Justice Raliatu Adebiyi said: “In Abacha V State, the main function of the nail is to ensure the attendance of the defendant.“In considering bail, the court must consider the nature of the offence charged.“No facts have been placed before the court to indicate that the defendant will skip bail.“The court hereby grants the defendant bail on self recognisance, he is to deposit his international passport with the Chief Registrar of the court,” she said.Justice Raliatu Adebiyi adjourned the case until Oct. 11, Oct. 12 and Oct. 13 for trial.NAN recalls that the National Judicial Council (NJC) had on June 2 recalled Agbadu-fishim and five other judges from suspension.A total of eight judges were suspended in November 2016 following a raid on their homes by the Department of State Security (DSS).They include, Agbadu-fishim of the NIC, John Inyang Okoro of the Supreme Court, Sylvester Ngwuta of the Supreme Court, Uwani Aji of the Court of Appeal and Hydiazira Nganjiwa of the Federal High Court.Others are Musa H. Kurya of the Federal High Court, Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court and Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia of the Federal High Court.All the judges except Ngwuta and Ofili-Ajumogobia who are both currently facing corruption trial were recalled by the NJC.The NJC had said that the reason for their recall was the huge backlog of cases in their courts.The judicial body noted that only Ademola, Ngwuta and Ofili-Ajumogobia had been charged to court, emphasising that Ademola had been discharged and acquitted of the charges filed against him. (NAN)