The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has filed 30 charges against a Federal High Court judge, Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia. Ajumogobia is set to face a Lagos High Court, along with co-accused Godwin Obla SAN, this week. The anti-graft agency said the judge had bought a house in London with questionable funds, totalling $793,800, between 2012 and 2015.
Five of the charges are centred on an alleged N5 million bribe given to the judge by the senior advocate while the remaining 25 charges are on the huge amounts that passed through the accounts of Ofili-Ajumogobia and her alleged inability to explain her source of wealth. The other charges filed against the judge border on forgery, lying, unlawful enrichment and other related offences.
The EFCC told Punch that both Ofili-Ajumogobia and Obla had given contrasting accounts of how they came about the money. While the justice claimed the money was part payment for a N40 million property she sold to Obla, he had said the money had been for building materials. Obla also insisted that he did not know that the account belonged to the judge.
She had also been accused of telling lies to the commission. She had told the commission that she would not be able to honour its invitation on 19 October, 2016, because she was admitted at the Golden Cross Hospital, Ikoyi. She was, however, not there when detectives visited the hospital.