A Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja, has adjourned proceeding till April 16, to rule on whether or not to strike out the suit filed against former Federal High Court judge, Justice Rita Ofili Ngozi Ajumogobia, who is being tried by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for unlawful enrichment and breach of code of practice.
The court presided over by Justice Hakeem Oshodi, will rule whether to strike out the suit for lack of jurisdiction and perhaps split charges between the first defendant, Ajumogobia and the second defendant, Godwin Obla, SAN.
The court arrived at the decision after listening to the submission of counsel to the first defendant, Chief Robert Clark, SAN, that the court lacks juridiction to entertain the case based on Appeal Court ruling on Justice Ajiya Nganjuwa Vs FRN.
In his oral submission, counsel to the second defendant, Mr. Ifedayo Adedipe, SAN, said the jurisidction of the court to entertain the charge and offences is different and sepaerate from the jurisdication your lordship has over individual diffendants.
In a counter response, EFCC Counsel, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo urged the court to strike out the case based on the ruling on Nganjuwa’s case, but not to be persuaded by the submisison to discharge and acquit the defendants.