It has been reported that , a judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia has been interrogated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), for recieving the sum of N5million naira from a senior lawyer, Mr. Godwin Obla, a former EFCC prosecutor.
However the agency has spotted discrepancies in the statements of the judge and the senior lawyer as regards the purpose for the payment.
A Premium Times source at the Commission stated that, while the statement of the judge provided that, the payment was a part-payment for a property she sold to the lawyer in Abuja for N40 million sometime in 2015, the Senior Advocate’s provided that, the money was meant for purchasing building materials (iron rods) for a building he was putting up in Abuja.
The alleged N5million, was paid into the bank account of a company which is owned by the judge and her children and which, according to the EFCC, does not carry on the business of building materials or any other traceable business and is also said to have been suspected to engage in other illegal transactions including illicit payments by different people.
It is suspected by the EFCC that the company had been set up by the judge just for legalising illicit payments.
The source also further stated that, Mr. Obla was asked to provide details to back up his claims but he said he had nothing, not even the name of the company from which he bought the iron rods.
The learned senior is said to still be in the custody of the EFCC as at tuesday night and may be detained till wednesday.
Written by Okolo Ezinne