The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC has filed 30 charges against a Federal High Court judge, Justice RITA OFILI-AJUMOGOBIA; and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. GODWIN OBLA.
The EFCC said about 793,800 dollars passed through the judge’s domiciliary accounts between 2012 and 2015. The judge allegedly used the money to buy a house in London.
Her two bank accounts have since been frozen by the EFCC.
The commission is expected to arraign the two suspects before a Lagos State High Court this week.
Five of the charges are centred on an alleged five million Naira bribe given to the judge by the senior advocate while the remaining twenty five charges are on the huge amounts that passed through the accounts of OFILI-AJUMOGOBIA and her alleged inability to explain her source of wealth.
The other charges filed against the judge border on forgery, lying, unlawful enrichment and other related offences.
OFILI-AJUMOGOBIA and OBLA have been in the custody of the EFCC for about 10 days following revelations that the senior advocate paid five million naira into her account in 2015 at a time she was presiding over one of his cases.
While OFILI-AJUMOGOBIA claimed the money was a deposit for a N40m property she sold to OBLA, the senior advocate said the money was a payment for building materials.
OBLA also insisted that he did not know that the account belonged to the judge.