I Don’t Know Why Customs Paid Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia N12m – Witness

An officer of the Nigerian Customs Service, Musa Tahir, Thursday, told the Lagos High Court, Ikeja, that he did not know why N12m was paid into the account of the Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia.
Tahir stated this during cross-examination by Ofili-Ajumohobia’s counsel, Olawale Akoni (SAN), during the ongoing trial of the Judge.
The witness also said he did not know the source of the money, adding that he only carried out the order of Comptroller General of Customs.
He said: “I have seen Hon. Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia but I have never met her one -on- one. I don’t know why the Comptroller General of Customs said the money should be paid into my colleague Musa Omale’s account to be forwarded into the Judge company’s account.
“I don’t have the paper in which the Comptroller General of Customs wrote the directive. The paper was handed over to Omale who worked in my office.
“I did not know the source of the money. The CGC who gave the directive is still alive.”
Ofili-Ajumogobia is standing trial alongside Godwin Obla, a former prosecutor of the EFCC.
The duo are jointly charged with a two-count offence of perverting the course of justice.
Obla is facing an additional two counts of offering gratification in the sum of N5m to Ofili-Ajumogobia, a public official, while serving as a judge.
Ofili-Ajumogobia faces a 26-count charge bordering on unlawful enrichment, taking property by a public officer, corruption by a public officer, forgery and giving false information to an official of the EFCC. Both denied all the charges.
Four prosecution witnesses — three bankers and one Bureau-de-Change operator — have so far testified in the trial for the prosecution.
The witnesses gave accounts of how they allegedly helped the Judge launder large sums of money in foreign and local currencies from her home and the judge’s chambers at the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, into various bank accounts registered in her name.

Author: News Editor

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