By Esther Atani, The Sight News
Former Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia was arrested on Tuesday at the Ikeja High Court by operatives of the EFCC shortly after being discharged and acquitted by Justice Hakeem Oshodi of corruption charges brought against her.
Details of the court documents stated that Ajumogobia will be arraigned before Justice Rilwan Aikawa of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, on an 18-count charge bordering on corruption and money laundering.
One of the 18 charges reads: “That you Hon. Justice Rita Ngozi Ofili Ajumogobia and Godwin Obla, SAN, on or about the 21st day of May 2014 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable court conspired to indirectly conceal the sum of N5 million in Diamond Bank account of Nigel and Colive Ltd, which sum you reasonably ought to have known forms part of proceeds of unlawful act to wit: unlawful enrichment and you thereby committed an offence contrary to sections 18 (a), 15 (2) (a) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 as amended and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act”.
A source close to the trial said the arraignment of the embattled former judge was to avoid keeping her in EFCC custody beyond the stipulated 48 hours.