ICPC Recovers 40 Stolen Government Vehicles

ICPC Recovers 40 Stolen Government Vehicles The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), is to arraign some government officials from whom dozens of stolen government vehicles were recovered.

The anti-graft agency said that this would serve as a deterrent to civil servants who misuse or steal government property.

The ICPC announced the recovery of the vehicles at a news conference in Abuja where the agency stated that the over 40 vehicles were recovered from the Water Resource Ministry.

The vehicles included: 14 Hilux pickup trucks, 14 luxury branded sports utility vehicles, 4 luxury branded saloon cars, and eight new edition Toyota saloon cars.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Water Resources, Rabi Jimeta, revealed that those responsible for the theft were from a particular cadre of the civil service.

The agency then used the opportunity to task Nigerians and civil servants on the need to be vigilant and guide against misuse and theft of government property by public officers in the country.

Witness Tells Court He Moved Cash For Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia

AjumogobiaThe trial of Justice Rita Ofili Ajumogobia continued on Monday at the Lagos High Court sitting in the Ikeja area.

The first prosecution witness, Ademola Oshodi detailed in court how monies were paid and moved between the judge’s domiciliary account and her other accounts.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), had accused Justice Rita Ofili Ajumogobia of unlawful enrichment, corruption by a public officer, forgery and giving of false information to an official of the EFCC.

She is standing trial alongside a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Godwin Obla, who was charged with offering gratification in the sum of five million Naira to Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia, a public official while carrying out her duties as a judge.

The accused persons had pleaded not guilty to the charges.

At Monday’s proceedings, the court proceeded with trial despite efforts by the judge’s lawyer, Mr. Wale Akoni (SAN), to halt the trial.

The SAN asked for an adjournment, on the grounds that he had a pending application asking the EFCC to provide him with some documents in relation to the case.

The prosecution witness told the court how Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia, approached his bank, Diamond Bank to open a corporate account for her company.

Upon verification, the bank found out that address she gave for the company, Nigel and Colive was an uncompleted building.

The witness, however, said the bank went ahead and opened the corporate account for the company in good faith because of the defendant’s position as a Federal High Court judge, and also because the property belongs to her.

The witness further detailed in court how he helped the judge move large sums of foreign currencies between her three accounts domiciled with Diamond Bank.

The defense counsel declined to comment on the day’s proceedings but the prosecuting counsel Rotimi Oyedepo did.

Presiding Judge, Justice Hakeem Oshodi has adjourned the matter till January 30, for continuation of trial and possibly the hearing of the first defendants pending application.

EFCC Storms Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia’s Home

EFCC Storms Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia's Home Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), have visited the home of Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, at Park View Estate in Ikoyi, Lagos.

It was gathered that the EFCC officials who stormed the house at about 7am on Wednesday, were there to conduct a search but eventually left after being denied access into the house.

Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia and Godwin Obla, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), are being prosecuted for allegedly perverting the course of justice by the anti-graft agency.

While Ofili-Ajumogobia faces a 26-count charge of unlawful enrichment, forgery and giving false information to an official of the EFCC, among others, Obla is charged with offering gratification in the sum of five million Naira, to Ofili-Ajumogobia during her service as a judge.

Both have however pleaded not guilty to the charges.