Adeniyi Ademola, justice of the federal high court, has withdrawn from the trial of Sambo Dasuki, a former national security adviser of Nigeria.
Justice Ademola is one of the judges targeted in the crackdown by the country’s secret police, the State Security Services, SSS, also known by the acronym of its mailing address, the DSS.
Ademola announced his decision to withdraw from the trial before the court on Tuesday, October 18, 2016.
He cited allegations of corruption levelled against him by the SSS, which is the prosecution in the case, as the reason for his action.
The SSS raided Ademola’s house, and arrested him in the midnight of October 8, 2016.
The secret police claimed it found huge sums of money — foreign currencies — in his possession.
How SSS Agents Threatened To Kill Justice Ademola
Justice Ademola, last week, revealed disturbing details of the midnight operation by agents of the secret police.
In a letter dated Tuesday, October 11, 2026 to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mahmud Mohammed, Justice Ademola, a royal prince of Egbaland, recounts the nightmarish attack on his home by the rampaging DSS operatives.
The SSS agent, said to be up to 45- pointed guns at him at least twice and threatened to shoot the federal judge. One of the agents even said that if they killed him, there was no record of them being at his home and he ” just would die for nothing”.
At a point, one of the agents sneered at Justice Ademola and disclosed that the DSS action against him was because he granted bail to Sambo Dasuki, a former national security adviser, and Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of secessionist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
Both Dasuki and Kanu remain incarcerated by the Buhari government in disobedience to the court orders granting them bail.