Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia granted N10m bail on re-arrangement, her passport seized

Dismissed Federal High Court judge, Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, has been granted bail in sum of N10 million with one surety in like sum but she was asked to submit her international passport.

A federal high court sitting in Lagos arranged Ofili-Ajumogobia after she was rearrested by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Okay Nigeria had reported on Tuesday that operatives of the EFCC re-arrested Ofili-Ajumogobia after she was cleared of all corruption charges by Justice Hakeem Oshodi at Ikeja High Court in Lagos.

The EFFC, however, explained after the re-arrest that the commission is filing a fresh criminal charges against Ofili-Ajumogobia.

However, at the trial on Thursday, Ofili-Ajumogobia pleaded not guilty to fresh 18 counts of money laundering charges filed against her.

Godwin Obla, a senior lawyer, with the former judge could not be produced for trial by the EFCC on Thursday.

The anti-graft commission accused the two of conspiring on May 21, 2014, to indirectly conceal N5 million in Diamond Bank account of Nigel & Colive Ltd., which they “reasonably ought to have known formed part of proceeds of unlawful act.”

The alleged offences contravened Sections 15 (2) (a) and 18 (a) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011.

The commission also accused Ajumogobia of indirectly concealing N12 million in the same account, adding that she falsely claimed that the money was payment for a sold property.

The judge, on Thursday, an Order for the Issuance of Summons compelling Mr Obla to appear before the court on May 15 for the purpose of the trial.

He then adjourned the case to May 15.

Saddam Yusuf Saleh

Saddam Yusuf Saleh was born and brought up in Katsina, he is a BSc holder from Ahmad Bello University Zaria. The founder of northern youth restoration movement and the pioneer chairman Funtua youth united for development. He is currently a reporter for Okay Nigeria (
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