Court grants motion for abridgement of time
A witness of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Adewale Oshodi, yesterday told a Lagos High Court, Ikeja how the embattled Federal High Court Judge, Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, used the address of an uncompleted building to open a corporate account for her company, Nigel and Colive.
The EFCC had slammed a 30-count charge against Ajumogobia and Godwin Obla for allegedly giving and receiving bribe.Oshodi told the court that she had approached Diamond Bank where he is an account officer, requesting that a corporate account be opened for the company.
According to him, for opening the corporate account, it was mandatory that we verify the address of the company.“When we visited the address at 18, Layi Bende Street, Fajuyi Estate, we discovered that the building was still under construction. We opened the corporate account for the company in good faith because of the defendant’s position as a Federal High Court judge, and also because the property belonged to her.”
He also stated that he made cash deposits in Ajumogobia’s accounts, shuttling between her chambers at Oyinkan Abayomi Drive, and her house.“She normally calls me if she needs assistance in converting naira to dollar. I either go to her chambers or her house to pick up the cash. I also fill the bank tellers on her behalf and the money would be credited to her account. On May 3, 2015, she gave me $10,000 in her office which I helped transfer to a company, Silver Steps Incorporated in the UK,” he said.
Earlier before Oshodi was led in evidence by EFCC prosecutor, Rotimi Jacobs, counsel to Ajumogobia Olawale Akonni (SAN) who asked the court for adjournment, said that there is a pending application praying the court to compel EFCC to provide some documents in relation to the case.
“My Lord we need to have those documents in order to have a clearer picture of the whole case.”After listen to the testimony of the witness, the presiding Judge, Justice Hakeem Oshodi subsequently adjourned the matter till January 30, for continuation of trial and hearing of the pending application.
In another development, a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has granted a motion filed by Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court in Abuja, seeking for an abridgement of time in his trial.
The suspended Federal High Court Judge, through his counsel Dr. Onyinyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), filed the motion on December 16th, 2016 seeking among other things for an accelerated hearing and abridgement of time in the trial.
The trial judge, Justice Jude Okeke, while delivering his ruling yesterday adjourned the matter to January 11, 2016 for further arraignment in the event the prosecution files a fresh or amended charges and trial was fixed for January 16, 17 and 18.