EFCC Re-Arraigns Dismissed Judge, Ofili-Ajumogobia

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday re-arraigned the dismissed Federal High Court judge, Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, for alleged money laundering at the Federal High Court, Lagos. She was charged along with a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Godwin Obla, who was absent during the arraignment.Justice Rilwan Aikawa issued a summons for him to appear on the day fixed for trial. When the case was called for the defendants to take their pleas, prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, said efforts to reach Obla failed.He said the SAN’s phones were switched off and that his lawyer could not confirm his whereabouts.He, therefore, urged the court to issue summons for Obla and allow Ajumogobia to take her plea alone.The court granted the prayer and the charges were read to Ofili-Ajumogobia.The EFCC said she and Obla conspired on May 21, 2014 to indirectly conceal and retain N5 million in the Diamond Bank account of Nigel & Colive Ltd. Ofili-Ajumogobia was also accused of indirectly concealing N12 million in the same account, indirectly retaining $150,000 in her account on May 30, 2013, among others.

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