Delta paid N15m into Ofili-Ajumogobia’s account, witness tells court

Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia.

As the trial of Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia of a Federal High Court for alleged corruption continued yesterday in Lagos, a witness, Mr. Uchenna Okaranwolu, told an Ikeja High Court that the Delta State Government paid N15 million into the bank account of the Judge.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Okaranwolu, an insurance salesman, was a former staff of Access Bank and Ofili-Ajumogobia’s account officer.

Led in evidence by Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, the prosecutor for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Okaranwolu, also revealed the Judge’s bank transaction details.

He said: “On August 5, 2011, an Oceanic Bank cheque from the Delta State Government for N15 million was paid into Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia’s account. “On March 23, 2010, I made a cash deposit of N1.5 million into her account. On July 20, 2010, I deposited an Afribank cheque of N7 million into her account. On August 29, 2011, another Zenith Bank cheque of N9 million from the Government House was paid into her account.”

Ofili-Ajumogobia is being prosecuted by the EFCC for allegedly enriching herself while working as a Judge of the Federal High Court, alongside Mr. Godwin Obla (SAN). Both are jointly charged with perverting the course of justice by the anti-graft agency.

Obla, a former EFCC prosecutor, is facing an additional two-count charge of offering gratification of N5 million to Ofili-Ajumogobia, a public official, while serving as a Judge.

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