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Judge In Trouble For Receiving N5m From SAN

By Tony Nwanne

Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia of the Federal High Court is in fresh trouble for allegedly receiving N5m from a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

Sources within the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission told newsmen on Monday that the SAN had been invited to explain what the money was meant for.

A detective in the EFCC said, “We have evidence that Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia collected N5m from a senior advocate. We have invited him (the SAN) and he is supposed to appear this week.”

Ofili-Ajumogobia, who acquitted a former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, last year is believed to own properties worth almost a billion naira in Lekki, Ikoyi and London.

Earlier in the year, the National Judicial Council barred her from getting any promotion for the remainder of her career.

Apart from Ofili-Ajumogobia, other judges interrogated by the EFCC included Uwani Abba-Aji of the Court of Appeal; Mohammed Yunusa of the Federal High Court; Nganjiwa Hyledzira of the Federal High Court; and Musa Kurya of the Federal High Court.

A Federal High Court Registrar, Helen Ogunleye, was also arrested and quizzed by the EFCC.

The commission alleged that her modus operandi was to refer lawyers to judges willing to cooperate for a  fee.

“We have evidence that she gave one of the judges money at the Federal High Court in Jos. We are still investigating the matter,” the source said.

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