Judge Rita- In the dock


THERE was a mild drama at a Ikeja High Court, Lagos yesterday as Justice Hakeem Oshodi ordered Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia to enter the dock to face charges of alleged bribe taking. She was arraigned alongside a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), GodwinObla by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Ofili-Ajumogobia shed tears as she complied with the judge's order.

Obla is also a prosecutor with the EFCC. The duo are facing two-count charge of perverting justice by EFCC. They pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Obla was charged with an additional two counts of offering N5 million bribe to Ofili-Ajumogobia during her service as a judge.

Ofili-Ajumogobia faces a 26-count charge of unlawful enrichment, taking property by a public officer, corruption by a public officer, forgery and giving false information to an official of the EFCC.

According to the EFCC, Obla, on May 21, 2015, intentionally transferred N5 million to Ofili-Ajumogobia via his Obla and Co United Bank of Africa (UBA) account to stop her from acting in her official duties.

The anti-graft agency alleged that Ofili-Ajumogobia, while serving as a justice of the Federal High Court on June 5, 2012, unlawfully received N18 million through her Access Bank Plc account which she could not give a reasonable account of.

The EFCC said between 2012 and 2015, she also received 788,000 dollars from various sources into her Diamond Bank account.

Judge Ajumogobia

Judge Ajumogobia

She allegedly received N51.1 million from various sources which did not reflect her source of income as a judge.

Courtesy The Sun


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