The Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee, EFCC, Tuesday, defined that it re-arrested Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia to allow it want a recent legal cost towards her.

It additionally defined that the Fee re-arrested Ofili-Ajumogobia in keeping with the choice of the Enchantment Court docket, Lagos Division, in a case involving Justice Hyeladzira Nganjiwa, saying {that a} choose couldn’t be prosecuted till she or he had both been dismissed or compulsorily retired by the Nationwide Judicial Council, NJC.

EFCC spokesman, Tony Orilade, made this explanations in a press release made accessible to newsmen in Abuja.

He stated, “Consequent upon the truth that the Fee had introduced Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia earlier than the NJC for disciplinary motion and that the NJC had taken a place, the Fee would now strategy the courtroom to want recent prices her.

“The Fee had first arraigned Ofili-Ajumogobia and Godwin Obla, SAN, on a 30-count cost on Monday, November 28, 2016 on offences bordering on perversion of the course of justice, graft, illegal enrichment, offering false info and forgery.

“They had been, nonetheless, re-arraigned on an amended 31-count cost bordering on an alleged perversion of the course of justice, illegal enrichment and forgery.

“They pleaded not responsible to the costs most well-liked towards them, thereby setting the stage for the trial.”

Orilade stated additional, “Having introduced 12 witnesses and tendered a number of paperwork that had been admitted in proof by the courtroom in the midst of the trial, counsel to Ofili-Ajumogobia, first defendant, Robert Clarke SAN, in an software dated November, 27, 2018, stated the courtroom lacked jurisdiction to listen to the case and urged the courtroom to discharge and acquit his consumer.

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“Nevertheless, Ifedayo Adedipe, SAN, counsel for the second defendant, Obla, on January 25, 2019, instructed the courtroom that the costs most well-liked towards his consumer might be entertained.

“He, subsequently, urged the courtroom to separate the costs in order that his consumer might proceed together with his trial.”

Additionally, it was gathered that after listening to each events, Justice Oshodi dominated, “the difficulty of substantive jurisdiction have to be cleared earlier than the difficulty of no-case submission might be heard.”

The Decide, based on Orilade, additional directed each events to make their submissions based mostly on the appliance on the jurisdiction of the courtroom.

However in his ruling throughout at present’s sitting, the EFCC spokesman stated, “Justice Akeem Oshodi said that based mostly on the judicial precedent set by the case of Hon. Justice Nganjiwa V. FRN, the Excessive Court docket lacked jurisdiction to listen to the swimsuit because the EFCC “jumped the gun” in submitting the primary amended cost.

“The Decide additional held, “As at Monday, December 11, 2017, the EFCC was conscious of the choice reached by the Court docket of Enchantment in Nganjiwa vs FRN.

“As at that date, the amended info was but to be filed and the 12 prosecution witness was nonetheless giving proof.”

It’s on this premise that Orilade added, “In view of at present’s ruling by Justice Oshodi and having complied with the NJC process, the Fee is ready to want recent legal prices towards the primary defendant, Ofili-Ajumogobia”.


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