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Bribery: Court reduces Ofili-Ajumogobia, Oblas’ bail conditions

By Abdulwahab Abdulah and Jane Echewodo

A Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja yesterday varied the bail conditions granted the embattled Federal High Court Judge, Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia and a lawyer, Godwin Obla, SAN, as they claimed that earlier conditions were difficult for them to fulfill.

In his ruling, Justice Hakeem Oshodi reviewed the conditions allowing the defendants to enter into a bail bound instead of cash payment of the N20 million earlier imposed on them by the court.

Also, Oshodi ordered the two of them to sign an affidavit of means, committing them to attending to their case while taken into custody their travelling documents.

Earlier, the defendants have argued through their lawyers that they were helpless in fulfilling the bail applications earlier granted them by the court on the ground that all their accounts have been frozen by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

In her application, Ajumogobia informed the court that she could not afford the N20million as EFCC had closed all her bank accounts and she had no access to such money.

She said that the anti-graft agency was with all her travel documents, which was denied by the court.

Obla on his part submitted that the cumulative monetary value of the fund involved in the crime was only N5million , requesting an executive bail bond or insurance bond.

The judge In his ruling, granted the defendant’s appeal to enter into bond with the Chief Registrar of Lagos State in the sum of N20million within seven days of the ruling and also depose to an affidavit supporting same.

Ajuomogobia, a Federal High Court judge and Obla, EFCC prosecutor were charged with 30 and four count charges respectively bordering on conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, offering gratification to public officer, unlawful enrichment, taking of property by public official, corruption by public official and making false statement to EFCC.

Justice Oshodi adjourned the matter till January 9, 2017 for trial.


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