New development as the official of Diamond Bank Plc, Ademola Oshodi, about Monday revealed prior to the Lagos State High Courtroom in Ikeja how he helped Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia wire a large number of USA of American dollars to a company named Silver Actions Incorporated in britain.
While building the shocking revelation, the banker claimed that he found a cash of $120,000 from the judge’s chambers on, may 10, 2013, and assisted the judge to cable the money to the united kingdom organization in tranches of $10,000 over 12 times.
Asked why he split the deal, Oshodi said it had been because “the lender has a daily optimum deposit of $10,000,” adding that the majority of the $120,000 was held in the custody of Gemstone Bank till May 30, 2013, when the last $10,000 was wired.
“We filled the tellers for the transactions with respect to Honourable Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia. I wrote the true name of Honourable Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia as the payee on the tellers,” the banker said.
Oshodi gave his testimony before Justice Hakeem Oshodi, where Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Godwin Obla, are getting tried by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for alleged bribery and unlawful enrichment.
On November 28 The judge and the SAN were arraigned on 30 counts, 2016.
The EFCC, in the charges, alleged that Obla, while appearing in a match number FHC/L/C/482c/2010 before Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia, offered a gratification of N5m to the judge to allegedly induce the judge to avoid acting in the exercise of her official duties as a public official.
Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia was also accused of getting a complete of $793,800 in a number of tranches from different resources between 2012 and 2015 “in order to possess a significant upsurge in your property that you cannot reasonably clarify the increase in regards to your lawful income.”
The EFCC claimed that the judge and the SAN acted unlike sections 64 (1) and 97 (1) of the Criminal Legislation of Lagos State, No. 11, 2011.
However they both pleaded not liable to the offences and Justice Oshodi granted them bail on personal recognisance.
The court admitted as exhibit in evidence against Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia, the witness’ extrajudicial statement designed to the EFCC.
Also admitted mainly because exhibits were the statement of simply no less than five accounts (both naira and domiciliary) owned simply by Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia, including one in the name of her company, Nigel & Colive Limited.
The witness said, “In addition to the naira and dollar accounts, there exists a corporate account named Nigel & Colive Ltd. with quantity 0036103685. The accounts was opened up in September 2013. The address of Nigel & Colive is No 18 Lai Deinde Road, Fajuyi Estate.
“We produced physical visitation to the address at 18 Lai Deinde Road and at the positioning, we discovered that it had been still under building but because Honourable Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia is our client and we understood that the house belonged to her, we proceeded to open up the accounts,” the witness said.
The witness also narrated to the court how several thousands, in addition to the $120,000, were allegedly transferred from Gemstone Lender to Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia’s foreign bank-account in the UK.
Further proceedings in the event have already been adjourned till January 30, 2017.