Thursday, April 15

EFCC Re-Arraigns Embattled Justice Ajumogobia, Withdraws Name Of Godwin Obla

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Wednesday re-arraigned embattled Judge of the Federal High Court Lagos, Rita Ajumogobia, on allegations of money laundering.

The agency applied before the re-arraignment to withdraw the name of Godwin Obla, a senior advocate of Nigeria, changed alongside Ajumogobia.

Ajumogobia becomes the sole defendant in the amended 15-count charge of money laundering and breach of public trust.

She pleaded not guilty.

EFCC has applied for a trial date to calls its witnesses.

The court has ruled Ajumogobia will continue on conditions of an earlier bail granted.

A trial will continue on April 21 and 28.

EFCC had on April 18, 2019, arraigned Ajumogobia before Justice Aikawa on an 18-count charge, bordering on breach of trust, false statement and unlawful enrichment

According to the amended charge, the defendant was alleged to have committed the offence on or about July 11, 2014 in Lagos

The prosecution accuses the defendant of indirectly concealing the total sum of N12 million in the Ciamond Bank account of Nigel & Colive Ltd opened and operated by her.

According to the commission, the defendant ought reasonably to have known that the money forms part of proceeds of an unlawful act of criminal breach of trust.

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