The economic and financial Crimes commission on Wednesday grilled the youngsters of Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia on the Lagos workplace of the fee for a number of hours.
Impeccable sources throughout the EFCC informed us that the decide’s youngsters have been grilled as a part of the investigations into the allegations that their mom acquired a complete of $793,800 in a number of tranches from totally different sources unlawfully between 2012 and 2015.
Ofili-Ajumogobia was alleged to have collected bribes via an organization account in Diamond Financial institution, Nigel & Colive Ltd, which she owns collectively together with her kids.
It was by means of the mentioned account that a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Obla, allegedly paid a N5m bribe to the choose.
It was learnt that the EFCC had invited the decide’s youngsters since final week however they refused to honour the invitation.
Operatives had been stated to have stormedOfili- Ajumogobia’s residence positioned on 18 Lai Ajayi-Bembe Avenue, Parkview, Ikoyi with a search warrant on Wednesday.
Nonetheless, on attending to the house, the youngsters have been mentioned to not be in the home however the choose’s brother-in-regulation, Mr. Odein Ajumogobia (SAN), who’s a former Minister of State for Petroleum Sources and a former Minister of International Affairs, went to talk with the detectives.
He was mentioned to have promised to make sure that the youngsters had been dropped at the EFCC workplace within the afternoon.
A detective mentioned, “A few week in the past, we gave an invite letter to Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia and requested her to present it to her two kids. Nonetheless, they by no means honoured the invitation. So, immediately (Wednesday), we went to the home with a search warrant however they refused to open the door. A former Minister, Odein Ajumogobia, who occurs to be the decide’s brother-in-legislation, promised us that he would deliver the kids round 3pm, so we left.
“We invited her youngsters as a result of their names featured in our investigation. So, we invited them to listen to their very own aspect of the story. The minister honoured his promise as a result of the kids had been dropped at our officer round 3pm.”
It was learnt that the kids have been nonetheless being grilled as of press time.
The EFCC had on November 28, arraigned Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia and Mr. Godwin Obla on 30 fees bordering on bribery, corruption and cash laundering.
The EFCC, within the prices, alleged that Obla, whereas showing in a go well with numbered FHC/L/C/482c/2010 earlier than Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia, supplied a gratification of N5m to the choose to allegedly induce the choose to chorus from appearing within the train of her official duties as a public officer.
Obla, the EFCC claimed, paid the cash from the account of his firm, Obla & Firm Restricted, with United Financial institution for Africa, to Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia by means of the checking account of Nigel & Colive Ltd in Diamond Financial institution Plc.
The EFCC claimed that the choose and the SAN acted opposite to sections sixty four (1) and ninety seven (1) of the Felony Legislation of Lagos State, No. eleven, 2011.
However they each pleaded not responsible to the offence.
The choose was accused of receiving a complete of $793,800 in a number of tranches from completely different sources between 2012 and 2015 “in order to have a big enhance in your belongings that you just can not fairly clarify the rise in relation to your lawful earnings.”
The EFCC informed Justice Oshodi that Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia violated Part eighty two(a) of the Legal Regulation of Lagos State, No. eleven, 2011.
The choose was additional accused of forging a deed of project between County Metropolis Bricks Growth Co. Ltd and Nigel & Colive Ltd dated July 5, 2010, which the EFCC claimed was purportedly ready and signed by Charles Musa & Co.
The offence was stated to be opposite to Part 467 of the Prison Code, Cap C17, Regulation of Lagos State of Nigeria 2003.
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