The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission( EFCC) on Tuesday grilled another Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Obla over payment of a N5million bribe into the account of a female judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia.
But Obla and the judge contradicted themselves before the EFCC team of interrogators.
The SAN, who was still undergoing interrogation last night, might be detained by EFCC.
Obla however said the cash was meant for buying of building materials (iron rods) for a building he was putting up in Abuja and not for buying of any property.
He said the judge, who was a colleague in the university, only assisted in buying the said building materials.
He said he came across the judge during a trip to Lagos and sought for her assistance to buy the building materials.
A source said: “Obla said the judge gave him the name of someone who plies the trade. She provided the company’s name and the account number for the transaction. Obla said he paid the money and goods were supplied.
“When asked the name of the trader, receipt of transaction and delivery evidence of the goods, the learned silk said he could not remember the name of the trader or his location, neither was there any receipt or delivery note for the transaction.
Investigation by EFCC detectives confirmed that the N5million was paid into the account of a company in which the judge and her children have interest.
The source added: “The registered company, not known to be engaged in building materials or any viable business is suspected to be surreptititously set up for the purpose of warehousing proceeds of gratification.
“The same company has been fingered in other illegal transactions including suspicious payments of sorts by some other persons.”
Responding to a question, the source said: “I think we might detain the Senior Advocate of Nigeria( SAN), who was a former prosecutor for EFCC.”