One of the Judges being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Justice Rita Ngozi Ofili-Ajumogobia has been discovered to have hidden N18 million in her foreign account.
The N18 million was wired from her domiciliary account into a foreign account for the purchase of a property in the United Kingdom (UK).
A source within EFCC said “Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia owned up to the money, but claimed it was a loan obtained privately from a family friend.”
“The ‘family friend’, who is a chairman of an oil and gas firm from where the funds emanated, has been invited by the commission for questioning.
“So far, he had told operatives that the money was an assistance he rendered to her.
“Inquiry into the loan facility as claimed by both of them showed no formal agreement or documentation as to how and when the repayment would be made.
“However, the oil and gas company chairman is at present telling the commission the extent of his relationship and involvement with the funds, which was wired into the judge’s personal account sometime in 2012 while she was a sitting judge of the Federal High Court.”
Justice Ofili-Ajumogbobia is among the six judges being investigated by the commission for alleged corruption alongside some senior lawyers.