There is no reprieve yet for embattled former Judge of the Federal High Court, Rita Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday rearrested her few minutes after a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja struck out the corruption charges filed against her by the Commission.
Ivotesng.com reports that about 10 officials of the EFCC surrounded Ofili-Ajumogobia as she attempted to leave the courtroom at 10.24 a.m. after the ruling by Justice Hakeem Oshodi.
Upon sighting the officials, the judge made a hasty retreat and went back upstairs into Justice Oshodi’s courtroom to seek the protection of the court from the EFCC officials.
Justice Oshodi when notified about the development said there was nothing he could do as “the file had been closed.”
The embattled former judge and her husband who was with her, were observed frantically making various phonecalls.
Mr Godwin Obla. SAN, Ofili-Ajumogobia’s codefendant was however allowed to exit the court premises by officials of the EFCC.
However, when Justice Oshodi’s court rose, she was apprehended at 11.47 a.m. by some EFCC officials who whisked her away in a white hilux van with Abuja plate number
Earlier, Justice Oshodi, in a ruling struck out the 31-count charge filed by the EFCC against Ofili-Ajumogobia and Obla on the grounds that the court lacked jurisdiction to hear the suit.
The judge ruled that based on the judicial precedent set by the case of Justice Nganjiwa Vs FRN, the EFCC had “jumped the gun” in filing the first amended charge.
Justice Oshodi noted that the anti-graft commission had not followed the procedures set by the National Judicial Council (NJC) in disciplining erring judicial officers.
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