The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has uncovered N18m allegedly transferred by an oil magnate into the bank account of Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia one of the judges currently under investigation for alleged corruption.The money was said to have been used to procure a property in the United Kingdom.
The Lagos Federal High Court judge, in the course of investigation, claimed that the money was a loan from the oil tycoon who she described as a “family friend”.
The said sum was purportedly transferred by the businessman to Justice Ajumogobia’s account in 2012.
However, the commission said there is no paper trace to show that the huge sum which was wired to a foreign account from the judge’s domiciliary account was a loan as claimed,Vanguard reports.
A source within the agency was reported as saying: “The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has uncovered yet another bogus financial transaction by one of the six judges under investigation, Justice Rita Ngozi Ofili-Ajumogobia.
“The Commission stumbled on the N18 million wired to a foreign account from her domiciliary account for the purchase of a property in the United Kingdom.
“Justice Ajumogobia owned up to the money but claimed it was a loan obtained privately from a family friend.
“The ‘family friend’, who is Chairman of an Oil and Gas Company from where the funds emanated, has been invited by the commission for questioning. So far, he has told operatives that the money was an assistance he rendered to her.”