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Alleged Money Laundering: Former Federal High Court Judge, Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia Admitted In Hospital

By Francis Iwuchukwu, Lagos 

A former Federal High Court Judge, Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, who is currently facing money laundering charges slammed against her by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), is now on admission in the hospital.

This position was made known to Justice Rilwan Aikawa of a Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos State, Nigeria on Friday (today).  

As a result of this development, the criminal case could not go on, prompting the trial judge to adjourn till June 24, 2019 for continuation of hearing.

At the last proceedings on the criminal matter, Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia was re-arraigned alongside a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Godwin Obla, to answer questions on their alleged  involvement in money laundering.

They had been re-arraigned on an 18 counts charge of conspiracy, unlawful enrichment, retention of crime proceeds and money laundering.

But the duo pleaded not guilty to the charge slammed against them by the Commission.

However, consequent upon an application made by his lawyer, Ferdinand Orbih, SAN, Justice Aikawa granted Obla bail in the sum of N10million among other conditions.

Meanwhile, Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia is already on bail on similar terms having taken her plea to the same charge on April 18, 2019.

It would be recalled that the anti-graft agency had earlier arraigned the defendants on a 30-count charge bordering on corruption before Justice Hakeem Oshodi of an Ikeja High Court, Lagos State, Nigeria.

While the trial lasted, the 30-count charge was later amended to 31 counts on February 23, 2018.

But Justice Oshodi struck out the charge against Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia and Obla (SAN) on the ground of lack of jurisdiction on April 16, 2019.

But the former judge was re-arrested by the operatives of the EFCC as she made to leave the Ikeja High Court premises.

The prosecution preferred the same charges against the defendants on April 18 before Justice Aikawa.

While Ofili-Ajumogobia took her plea, the second defendant (Obla) was absent.

When Obla eventually arrived the Federal High Court, he was re-arraigned alongside Ajumogobia.

But they both pleaded not guilty to the charge marked FHC/L/139C/19.

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