The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC ), has dismissed the medical report suggesting that Justice Rita Ofili - Ajumogobia is sick.
The anti-graft agency made this known before Justice Rilwan Aikawa of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos.
The EFCC had arraigned Ofili -Ajumogobia alongside Godwin Obla ( SAN ) on an 18 - count charge bordering on breach of trust, false statement and unlawful enrichment.
At yesterday s sitting, counsel to Ofili -Ajumogobia, Robert Clarke ( SAN), told the court that his client was absent in court because she was admitted to a police hospital for treatment.
Ofili - Ajumogobia ’ s counsel, in furtherance of his claim, presented to the court a medical report and also sought an adjournment of the case.
However, prosecution counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, told the court that Clarke lied about his client being on a sick bed in the hospital.
“My Lord, the medical report is not duly certified,” he declared.
He also told the court that Ofili -Ajumogobia made the same claim when she was being investigated.
“I am not convinced that the first defendant is admitted to any hospital because she told the same lie of being hospitalized to one of the EFCC operatives when she was charged before Justice Hakeem Oshodi of the State High Court, Ikeja,” he added.
In his response, Clarke informed the court that he had filed and served on the prosecution an application challenging the jurisdiction of the court to further hear the suit against his client by the EFCC.
Counsel to the second defendant, Ferdinand Obi, who had also prayed the court for a separate trial of his client at the last sitting, urged the court, upon hearing of the application, to rule on it before the commencement of trial.
After listening to all parties, Justice Aikawa adjourned the case to June 24, 2019, for the hearing of the preliminary objection and Obla ’ s Motion on Notice for a separate trial.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.