How I moved dollars for Nigerian judge accused of corruption – Diamond Bank staff

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The Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos on Monday heard a witness describe how foreign currency was moved from Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia chambers and deposited into her account in Diamond Bank.

The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that Ademola Oshodi was testifying at the ongoing trial of Ofili-Ajumogobia, a serving judge of the Federal High Court, who is being tried alongside Godwin Obla, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

The duo, who are being tried by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for alleged corruption, have been jointly charged with two counts of perverting the course of justice.

Mr. Obla was charged with additional two-counts of offering gratification in the sum of N5million to Mrs, Ofili-Ajumogobia, a public official while carrying out her duties as a judge.

Mrs. Ofili-Ajumogobia, however, faces a 26-count charge of unlawful enrichment, taking property by a public officer, corruption by a public officer, forgery and giving false information to an official of the EFCC.

The accused persons both denied all the charges.

The EFCC alleges that between 2012 and 2015, Mrs. Ofili-Ajumogobia received a total of $788,000 from various sources into her Diamond Bank Account with number 0032091183.

While being led in evidence by counsel to the EFCC, Rotimi Oyedepo, Mr. Oshodi told the court that he met Mrs. Ofili-Ajumogobia at her chambers at the Federal High Court when he opened an account for her with the bank.

Mr. Oshodi, a Branch Manager with Diamond Bank Plc, is the account officer for Mrs. Ofili-Ajumogobia.

The banker alleged that he often visited the justice’s chambers and also her home whenever she needed his services to make such deposits which was mostly in dollars.

“I used to meet the judge in her chambers and sometimes in her home, where I’d receive the foreign currency, which was U.S. dollars to deposit into her bank account.

“I introduced one Abba Said, a Bureau de Change operative to her when there was a need to change the dollars to naira.

“This mostly happens when she was not comfortable with a particular transaction.

“There were instances where the deposits exceeded the maximum amount for an individual account, when such instances occur, I pay the maximum amount into her account.

“I then deposit the remaining cash into my account which is paid into her account in subsequent days,” Mr. Oshodi told the packed courtroom.

The counsel to Mrs. Ofili-Ajumogobia, Olawole Akoni, however, raised objections when EFCC attempted to tender his client’s account statements as evidence on the grounds that he had not reviewed the bank statements.

“The first defendant has been in incarceration since November 10. She needs adequate time and facility to defend herself. I humbly seek an adjournment,” Mr. Akoni said.

Supporting his request for adjournment, lawyer to Mr. Obla, Ifedayo Adedipe, also said the second defendant had been in incarceration since November 8.

“Given the circumstances in which we had our meetings, it was not even possible to prepare adequately for trial.

“I will like to request for an adjournment so that we can make judicious use of the time to prepare adequately for trial,” Mr. Adedipe said.

Justice Hakeem Oshodi in granting an adjournment said, “for the purpose of fair hearing, the court will accede to the request for adjournment of this trial.

“The case is adjourned to January 9, 2017 for continuation of trial,” Mr. Oshodi said.

(NAN)


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  • Rote

    Many of the Nigerian judges and lawyers are like their counterparts in politics (politicians) they will never accept defeat or plead guilty even when they are caught red handed in any wrong doing. They are always hopeful of turning the laws inside out and up side down!

    • Julius

      Well, I think she is in trouble now. The bet she can do is plea bargain, refund all tyhe bribes and the properties she bought with them and resign from the bench..maybe avoid jail time.

  • Hassank

    1.Indeed a corrupt judge is worst than a terrorist in a society. How can you Rita collect money to give a wrong judgement against someone that is innocent? You must go to jail so that you know how it feels. Shame on you Rita and your entire career, you have no feelings on what this shame will bring to you child and husband. you better seek forgiveness and confess your sins a priest.

  • Paul Young

    If she is found guilty, all cases she presided over in the last 10 years must be reviewed. This is very dangerous

  • easyman16

    Every vain supplying life to nigeria as a country is long dead! The judiciary, the law enforcement agency, politician’s etc. Is nothing to write home about.

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  • Chinedu

    It is noteworthy that the various monies mentioned in the above case has not been traced to any crime. I don’t know if the EFCC will expect the suspects to fill up that vacuum. I want people especially those who like arguing along political lines to be on the lookout.

    • David Adeniran

      Don’t you know that the accused having been caught with such money, has a responsibility to explain where she got the money from?

  • David Adeniran

    “The EFCC alleges that between 2012 and 2015, Mrs. Ofili-Ajumogobia received a total of $788,000 from various sources into her Diamond Bank Account with number 0032091183.”
    Can you imagine, the sum of $788,000 deposited in a serving Judge’s account! This woman is shamelessly criminal!!! She and others like her should spend the rest of the lives in JAIL! They go about selling injustice in lieu of justice, perverting justice and corrupting justice! Are these justices at all? A Judge has become a BUREAU DE CHANGE by reason of corruption.

  • Tha HU

    Nigerian judges will keep adjourning cases until its finally thrown out.

  • paul irumundomon

    In America, this branch manager from diamond bank, under aoth, will open the can of worms by American law, to tell everything he knows, if he is to go free, this judge is not his only customer, he can help Nigerians, name more people, who he has helped over the years. In the first place, it is a criminal offence, to teach a judge how to hide a deposit, to prevent the law from identifying a criminal. In Nigeria, I dont know how the lawyers practice their laws. Force this Banker to turn in more criminals just like this judge, because diamond bank is already fixing a date for this man to be fired. He has to speak early and fast, now that he is still relevant.