The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on November 28 2016, arraigned a Federal High Court Judge, Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Godwin Obla, before Justice O.H Oshodi of the Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja on 30 counts of offering gratification to a public servant, unlawful enrichment, conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and
giving false information to an officer of the Commission. One of the count reads, “that you Hon. Justice Rita Ngozi Ofili-Ajumogobia and Godwin Obla SAN on or about the 21st day of May 2015, in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable court conspired with one another to pervert the course of justice in Charge No FHC/L/C/482C/10 with the sum of Five Million Naira (N5, 000,000.00) contrary to Section 97(1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, No. 11, 2011”.
Another count reads, “that you Hon. Justice Rita Ngozi Ofili-Ajumogobia between the 11th day of August, 2011 and 27th day of March, 2012 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable court, being a Judge of the Federal High Court enriched yourself with a total sum of Sixty Eight Thousand, Eight Hundred United State Dollars ($68, 800. 00) through your account No. 0002649223 domiciled in Access Bank Plc so as to have a significant increase in your assets that you cannot reasonably explain the increase in relation to your lawful income contrary to Section 82(a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, No.11, 2011”.
They both pleaded “not guilty” to the charges preferred against them. In view of their plea, the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo prayed the court for a trial date and also asked that the defendants be remanded in prison custody.
However, O. Akoni, SAN, counsel to the 1st defendant opposed the prosecution’s submission that his client be remanded in prison custody. He told the court that the offences against the 1st defendant are bailable and indulged the court to grant her bail based on self recognition. Akoni also urged the court not to allow the prosecution to verify…