*She does not know where the lands she bought are located
Prosecutors gave graphic details of how a Federal High Court Judge, Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, tried to cover her tracks with 11 mobile phones while she was being investigated.
The prosecutors told the Lagos High Court, in Ikeja, how Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia concealed 10 mobile phones from operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) who were investigating her activities.
While giving evidence in Court, Abdullahi Lawal, an EFCC operative, told Justice Hakeem Oshodi how Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia hid the phones under her clothes.
Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia is standing trial alongside a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Godwin Obla, who was accused of bribing her with N5million.
They were arraigned on 28th November, 2016 on 30 counts charge.
Led in evidence by the EFCC prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo, Lawal said that Ajumogobia tried desperately to contact most of the people she knew the anti graft agency would invite for questioning, in connection to an investigation on how she came about monies in Naira, dollars, and pounds in her bank accounts which EFCC alleged was above her lawful emolument.
He said, “Because she was under investigation, we wrote a letter to her employer, the National Judicial Commission, requesting for a detailed breakdown of her salary and allowances.
“The NJC replied and it was discovered that her annual salary as at the time of investigation was N5.3million while her allowances were N7.5million.
“When we asked Justice Ajumogobia about the transactions of $50,000, $70,000, $20000, $30000, and $55,000 traced to her Diamond Bank account, she told us that the monies were proceeds from lands she sold in Benin and Asaba.
“She further informed the EFCC that her lawyer, one Grant Ezenwa, helped her to sell the lands. But when Ezenwa was contacted, he claimed to have sold just a piece of land for her in Benin at the cost of N9. 7 million.
“We set out with Justice Ajumogobia to Benin to confirm the authenticity of her claims. On our way, we discovered that the judge was making desperate phone calls to some people.
“When we found out that she was interrupting our investigations, a mobile phone was seized from her.
“We also discovered two more hidden under her clothes. When we got to Benin, Ajumogobia denied knowing the location of her land and properties. In frustration, we decided to lodge in a hotel for the night. One of our operatives later found Ajumogobia making calls in the bathroom. We recovered an additional three phones from her.
“The next day on our way to Asaba, we recovered three more phones from her. Again, two phones were recovered by our female operatives from her cloth.”
The EFCC operative further revealed that Ajumogobia told the Commission that it was only her brother Donald Ofili that knew where her properties were located.
“When we contacted Donald, he also denied knowing where his sister’s properties were located. He said he could not remember where the lands and properties are located.”
Lawal, is the 12th prosecution witness of the EFCC to testify against Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia in her ongoing trial.
The court adjourned the matter to 26th January, 2018.