The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has re-arraigned embattled Judge of the Federal High Court Lagos, Rita Ajumogobia for alleged money laundering.
Before her re-arraignment, Wednesday, 03 March, however, counsel to the EFCC, Mr Suleiman Suleiman applied to the court to withdraw the name of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, (SAN), Mr Godwin Obla who had earlier been charged alongside Justice Ajumogobia.
TheFact Nigeria reports that the court granted the request and Obla’s name was accordingly withdrawn, thus making Justice Ajumogobua the sole defendant in the amended charge.
The defendant was accordingly, re-arraigned on a 15 counts charge bordering on money laundering and breach of public trust.
After her plea, the prosecution then applied for a trial date to enable it call its witnesses.
However, defence counsel, Mr Mobolaji Kuji, urged the court to allow the defendant continue on the terms and conditions of bail earlier given by a brother judge, Justice Rilwan Aikawa before whom the defendant had earlier been arraigned.
In a short ruling, Justice Liman ordered that the defendant continues on the bail earlier granted, after which he adjourned the case until April 21 and April 28 for trial.