Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, a justice of the Federal High Court, has been re-arraigned for alleged involvement in an unlawful enrichment and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
Also arraigned on Friday, February 23, 2018, along with her by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is Godwin Oblaa, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN.
They were re-arraigned before Justice Hakeem Oshodi of a Lagos High Court sitting at Ikeja after the EFCC amended the charges against them.
The duo was first arraigned in November 2016 on 30-counts but the new charge has 31 counts.
In the fresh charges, Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia was, among other things, accused of receiving a total of $793,800 in several tranches from different sources between 2012 and 2015 “so as to have a significant increase in your assets that you cannot reasonably explain the increase in relation to your lawful income.”
On Obla’s part, he was accused of offering N5 million as gratification to the judge so as to allegedly pervert the course of justice.
The offences are said to be contrary to certain sections of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State No. 11, 2011.
The defendants again pleaded not guilty to the fresh charges.
The EFCC Immediately called its 12th prosecution witness, Abdullahi Lawal, an investigator, who continued his testimony before the court.
Lawal, who was led in evidence by the prosecutor, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, pointed out three deposits – N4 million, N3 million and N5 million – made into the account of Nigel and Colive Nigeria Limited, a company allegedly belonging to Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia.
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