Wednesday, November 2, 2016

EFCC may seize Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia's N500m houses

Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, a Federal High Court Judge, risks losing properties worth about N500m if she fails to explain to the EFCC, where she got the money to buy the houses.

A house located at 18 Lai Ajayi Bembe Street, Parkview Ikoyi, Lagos, was traced to her, while another property on Atlantic Drive, UPDC Estate, Lekki, was said to belong to her.

A source at the EFCC told Punchng that the Ikoyi property was searched and incriminating documents were found. It was learnt that the Ikoyi property costs over N350m while the one in Lekki costs over N120m.

The source at the EFCC said, “When asked where she got the money to build such a house, she said she got some money from her son who won a case against the London Police. She also gave some explanations which we are trying to verify.

The Deed of Agreement is in someone else’s name but it carries her signature.” The source said another property in London had been traced to Ajumogobia. He added that the house was hurriedly paid for despite the fact that the mortgage taken on the property was supposed to elapse in 2018.

He said although her name was not written on the title documents, a company allegedly belonging to the judge was used in buying the property. He added, “We found out that she is a director in a company known as Silver Step Incorporated and that was the name used in buying the London property.

Payment was completed in 2014.” On Tuesday night, the EFCC stumbled on a transaction involving N18m ($120,000 as of 2012) wired to a foreign account from her domiciliary account for the purchase of the London property in 2012.

The source said, “Ajumogobia owned up to the money but claimed it was a loan obtained from a family friend, who is a chairman of an oil and gas company. He has been invited for questioning.

So far, he had told operatives that the money was an assistance he rendered to her. Inquiry into the loan facility showed no formal agreement or documentation as to how and when the repayment would be made." Crdt: Punchng

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