Application On Jurisdiction Stalls Trial Of Ajumogobia, Obla

Application On Jurisdiction Stalls Trial Of Ajumogobia, Obla An application challenging the jurisdiction of Justice Hakeem Oshodi to hear the case of alleged bribery against a suspended judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia and a Senior Advocate Of Nigeria, Godwin Obla, stalled proceedings on Monday, at the Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja.

When the case was called, a new counsel, Mr Robert Clarke (SAN), announced appearance for Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia. He led another Senior Advocate, Wale Akoni, who had been in the matter from the beginning.

The judge noted that though the application was not ripe for hearing as the prosecution counsel was yet to reply, he would have to adjourn to hear it.

He also rejected a move by Mr Clarke to temporarily withdraw the application so that an earlier application seeking permission for Mrs Ajumogobia to travel abroad for medical treatment could be heard.

Justice Oshodi subsequently fixed hearing of the application for April 28.

EFCC Vs Fmr NIMASA DG: Court Fixes Feb 21 To Rule On ‘No Case Submission’

EFCC Vs Fmr NIMASA DG: Court Fixes Feb 21 To Rule On 'No Case Submission'A Federal High Court in Lagos has reserved February 21 for judgment in a “no case submission” filed by Calistus Obi, a former acting Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, who is charged with a 136 million Naira fraud.

Justice Mojisola Olatoregun, fixed the date for judgment after hearing arguments from both defense and prosecuting counsels on the application.

Counsel to the former NIMASA boss, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Wale Akoni, told the court that the EFCC had not made out a prima facie case to secure the conviction of the defendants.

He also told the court that what the prosecuting agency merely did was to ‘bring out all manners of evidence before the court without doing more’.

Another Senior Advocate, Joseph Nwobike who appeared for the second defendant, one Ali Dimas, also urged the court to uphold the same application made by his client.

The EFCC Counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, however, opposed these arguments and submitted that the prosecution had shown how funds were transferred and diverted by both defendants.

He urged the court to discountenance the application and instead ask the defendants to open their defense.

Justice Olatoregun then adjourned till February 21 for judgment.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had preferred an eight count charge against Mr. Callistus Obi and the second defendant, Alu Dismas, a former personal assistant to former DG of NIMASA, Patrick Akpobolokemi.

They had however pleaded not guilty to the charges and were admitted to bail in the sum of five million naira each.

Court Adjourns Bribery Case Against Nwobike To April 21

NwobikeThe Lagos State High Court sitting in the Igbosere area of Lagos Island has fixed April 21 for the commencement of trial in the case of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Joseph Nwobike.

Justice Raliat Adebiyi fixed the date following a request by the counsel to EFCC, Rotimi Oyedepo, seeking more time to produce their witnesses in proof of the charges against the senior advocate.

On March 9, the EFCC had arraigned Mr Nwobike on allegations that he gave the sum of N750,000 to Justice Mohammed Yunusa of the Federal High Court to influence the judge to pervert the course of justice.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was granted bail on self-recognizance by the court.

At the resumed hearing of the matter on Monday April 11, Counsel to Mr Nwobike, Wale Akoni (SAN) informed the court that the charges against his client were unconstitutional and he intended to make a “no case submission”.

Mr Akoni also denied the claim by the prosecution counsel that the defence had filed “a harvest of motions”. The defendant’s lawyer insisted that his client looked forward to a speedy trial so he could clear his name.

The judge adjourned the case till April 21 and 22 for the prosecution to open its case.