Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia, Obla’s Trial Stalled

Justice Rite Ofili-Ajumogobia, Obla's Trial StalledThe absence of the EFCC Prosecutor, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, on Thursday stalled the trial of a suspended Federal High Court Judge, Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Godwin Obla.

Justice Hakeem Oshodi of the Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja, had to adjourn until April 10 for hearing of the pending applications.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had arraigned Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia and Mr Obla on a 30-count charge of conspiracy to pervert justice by allegedly giving and receiving a bribe of five million Naira.

The anti-graft agency had also alleged that about $793,800 passed through the judge’s domiciliary accounts between 2012 and 2015, and that she allegedly used the money to buy a house in London.

Five of the charges were centred on an alleged five million Naira bribe given to Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia by the senior advocate, while the remaining 26 charges were on the huge amounts that passed through her accounts and her alleged inability to explain her source of wealth.

The other charges filed against the judge border on forgery, lying, unlawful enrichment and other related offences.

Both have pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Justice Ademola And Wife Get 100m Naira Bail

justice-adeniyi-ademola-and-wifeA Federal High Court Judge, Adeniyi Ademola and his wife on Tuesday secured a 100 million Naira bail at the Federal Capital Territory High Court, where they are being tried for alleged corrupt practices.

Both pleaded not guilty to a 15-count charge brought against them by the Federal Government.

Justice Ademola, who was serving under the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court before he was asked to temporarily recuse by the National Judicial Council (NJC), was alleged to have on various dates between 2014 and 2015, received huge sums of money as gratifications.

At the resumed hearing on Tuesday, trial Justice, Jude Okeke, granted the defendants bail on self-recognition to the tune of 50 million Naira each.

They were asked by Justice Okeke to hand over their international passports to the Deputy Chief Registrar of the Court, pending hearing and determination of the charge against them.

The defendants, however, begged the court to give them seven days within which to deposit their passports, a request that was granted by the judge.

The court then fixed January 18 to commence full hearing on the matter and asked the prosecution to furnish the defendants with copies of the their statements which it intends to rely on in the course of the trial.

The defendants are accused of receiving a car worth 8.5 million Naira, as gratification from a Senior lawyer, Mr Joe Agi and having in his possession, two rifles that were not validly registered.

The Federal Government in the suit alleged that Justice Ademola and his wife conspired and also received 30 million Naira gratification from Joe Agi and Associates between March 11 and March 26, 2015.

Justice Ademola was one of the judges arrested by the officials of the Department of State Services (DSS) on October 8, 2016.

Officials of the DSS, had raided the homes of some judge and subsequently arrested some of them.

After their arrests the security agency said they were fingered for misconduct and corrupt practices.

Judge Returns Saraki’s Trial File, Wants Case Reassigned

high court judge on saraki's caseA Federal High Court Judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed, has sent the case file of the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki to the Chief Judge for reassignment in Abuja .

Justice Mohammed on Wednesday, said that the action was as a result of “negative reports” from online media that he granted an order restraining the Code of Conduct Tribunal from hearing the matter and that he has been compromised by the plaintiff, Senator Saraki, allegations he said are bound to put any judgement on the matter to question.

The Federal High Court in its rulings last week, held that the respondents, Code of Conduct Bureau be put on notice of the ex-parte applications brought by the Senate President seeking to stop his arrest by the police and stay proceedings before the Code of Conduct Tribunal over alleged false assets declaration.

‎It will also be recalled that the hearing of the appeal filed by the Senate President over alleged false assets declaration at the Court of Appeal was stalled on Tuesday.

The proceedings were stalled following the death of the Presiding Judge of Abuja division, Justice Abdulkadir Jega and Justice Musa Hassan Alkali of the Ilorin division both of the Court of Appeal who were victims of the stampede in Mina, Saudi Arabia.

Mr. Saraki is facing a 13-count charge of alleged corruption and false declaration of assets before the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

He denies any wrongdoing and says the case was instigated by those angry he became the Senate president.