There was a mild drama at the premises of Ikeja High Court on Tuesday, as operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) re-arrested Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, a former judge of the Federal High Court, after the corruption charges against her were struck out.
According to reports, Ajumogobia was surrounded by officials of the Anti-graft agency, as she attempted to leave the courtroom at about 10.24 in the morning, after the ruling by Justice Hakeem Oshodi.
Upon sighting the officials, the judge reportedly made a hasty retreat and went back upstairs into Justice Oshodi’s courtroom to seek the protection of the court from the EFCC operatives.
Justice Oshodi, when notified about the development, said there was nothing he could do as “the file had been closed.”
The embattled former judge and her husband, who was with her, were observed frantically making various phone calls.
Godwin Obla, an attorney and Ofili-Ajumogobia’s co-defendant, was however allowed to exit the court premises by officials of the Corruption police.
However, when Justice Oshodi’s court rose, at 11.47 a.m, the corruption-fighting agency operatives still came after Ajumogobia who then arrested and whisked her away in a white Hilux van with Abuja number plate BWR637AT.
It would be recalled that the case against Ajumogobia was struck out on the grounds that the court lacked jurisdiction to hear the suit.
The judge ruled that based on the judicial precedent set by the case of Justice Nganjiwa Vs FRN, the agency had “jumped the gun” in filing the first amended charge.
The anti-graft commission had not followed the procedures set by the National Judicial Council (NJC) in disciplining erring judicial officers, according to Justice Oshodi.