An Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Abdullahi Lawal, on Friday told a Lagos High court judge, Justice Hakeem Oshodi that Federal High Court judge, Rita Ofili-Ajumogibia lied about being I. Medical admission to during the investigation into her alleged corrupt practices.
Justice Ajumogobia is standing trial along with a former EFCC prosecutor, Godwin Obla.
According to the witness, “As at the time this conversation ensued, I was at Gold Cross Hospital, Ikoyi.”
“What happened was that Honourable Ajumogobia phone went off when I was calling and the sound seized.”
He buttressed that the judge was not in the hospital and that was why he put across to her that call.
He explained that what prompted his visit to the hospital was as a result of the first phone conversation he had with her, which partly went thus:
When the investigation commenced and the investigators sought her attention to respond to some allegations, Justice Ajumogobia lied that she was on medical admission.
Unknown to her the investigation had checked her to confirm the veracity or otherwise of her claim.
The recordings of the conversation were played today in court.
Justice Ajumogobia was also alleged to have lied about the sum of 20 million paid into her bank account as proceeds from sales of a land.
The investigator, Mr. Lawal while being led in continuation of evidence by Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo of the EFCC’s legal department for the third time testified that findings from the defendant indicated that the payment which she mentioned was a payment for sale of her land in Abeokuta to two persons, one Haruna Abdullahi and one Tola were false.
“During the course of investigation, we discovered that sometimes in February 2015, the sum of 8 million naira was paid into her Lordship account Nigel and Colive Company account.”
“She was confronted about the payment where she mentioned that the money was for the sale of her land at Abeokuta, that it was sold to two people: Haruna Abdullahi and one Tola.”
He added that further investigation revealed that Haruna was a Bureau De Change operator in Lagos and there was no transaction between the two, that is, the 1st defendant and the operator.
“Whereas Tola was a building contractor that handled the building of her residence at Park View Estate.
He explained further that there was no transaction between them as regards the said sum.
Meanwhile, the second defendant, Mr. Obla has again asked for permission of the court to travel to America between now and February.
Justice Oshodi who was visibly uncomfortable with four weeks absence however granted Obla access to his travel document in order to procure visa for his trip and ordered that it should be return to the court Registrar on or before 5th March and appear for further proceedings adjourned till 23rd February, 2018 for continuation of evidence-in-chief of the witness in the defendants’ trial.
It would be recall that Ofili-Ajumogobia is standing trial alongside Mr. Obla, SAN and former prosecutor of the EFCC.
They are jointly charged with two counts of perverting the course of justice.
Obla is facing trial on two counts charge of offering gratification in the sum of N5 million to Ajumogobia, a public official while serving as a Federal High court judge.