A Lagos State High Court in Ikeja has varied the conditions attached to the bail granted Justice RITA OFILI-AJUMOGOBIA and Senior Advocate of Nigeria GODWIN OBLA, both of who are facing charges of bribery and unlawful enrichment.
The serving judge and the Senior Lawyer were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on November 28, 2016 on 30 counts before Justice HAKEEM OSHODI.
Following their not guilty plea to all the charges, Justice OSHODI granted them bail on self-recognisance with a condition that they must each deposit N20m and their passports into the custody of the chief registrar of the court and failure to meet this conditions within seven days the bail would be revoked.
But Justice OFILI-AJUMOGOBIA and OBLA, together with their lawyers, WALE AKONI, and IFEDAYO ADEDIPE, appeared before Justice OSHODI yesterday, with separate applications seeking the variation of the bail terms, saying their clients had found it impossible to raise N20m each as the sum imposed on them was excessive.
AKONI urged Justice OSHODI to allow his client to deposit the N20m in bail bond rather than cash, while ADEDIPE urged the court to allow him deposit the N20m in an insurance bail bond or to deposit N5m cash.
Both defendants also prayed the court to order the EFCC to immediately transmit their passports to the chief registrar of the court as ordered by the judge but the judge said the plea was “not well founded” as the passports were already in the custody of the court.
Ruling on the applications, Justice OSHODI granted the defendants a twenty million bail bond since the EFCC had not opposed the applications.
He, however adjourned the case till January 9, 2017.