EFCC ARRAIGNS JUSTICE AJUMOGOBIA, OBLA, FILES 30-COUNT CHARGE AGAINST THEM
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia and Chief Godwin Obla (SAN), before the Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja over alleged bribery and perversion of the course of justice.
The EFCC has filed a 30-count charge bordering on alleged perversion of the course of justice, and unlawful enrichment and forgery but both persons have however pleaded not guilty to all charges, The Guardian reports.
The EFCC, alleged that the defendants allegedly committed the offences on May 21, 2015 when they conspired to offer a gratification of N5million to the judge to allegedly induce the judge to refrain from acting in the exercise of her official duties as a public officer.
Obla, the EFCC claimed, paid the money from the account of his company, Obla & Company Limited, with United Bank for Africa, to Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia through the bank account of Nigel & Colive Ltd in Diamond Bank Plc.
Furthermore, the EFCC alleges that Justice Ajumogobia of the Federal High Court unlawfully enriched herself by receiving a transfer of N18 million from one Arkleem Oil and Gas Ltd. to her Diamond Bank account.
It is also being alleged that the judge forged a deed of assignment between a company, County City Bricks Dev. Co. Ltd and Nigel & Colive Ltd and also made a false statement to the EFCC that she was on admission at one Gold Cross Hospital located at Bourdillon, Ikoyi, Lagos.
The EFCC claims the offences by the judge and senior advocate are contrary to Section 69, 82 (a) 97(1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, No 11,2011 and Section 467 of the Criminal Code Cap C17, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria 2003.
The case was adjourned till January 9, 2017 for continuation of trial.