A Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, has granted Justice Rita Ofili a 10 million naira bail after seizing her passport.
The former Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia was yesterday granted a 10 million naira bail by a Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos.
The court also ordered her international passport to be seized and submitted to the Chief registrar of the court pending her trial.
The dismissed Judge of Federal High Court was arraigned before Justice Rilwan Aikawa.
Ofili-Ajumogobia, during the hearing, pleaded not guilty to 18 counts charge bordering on lawful enrichment, taking property unlawfully, corruption, forgery and giving false information.
Justice Aikawa, in his ruling, said, “I take judicial notice of the Easter holiday and grant bail in the sum of N10m, with one surety in like sum who must have landed property In Lagos.
“The surety must not be below Grade Level 16 in the federal or state civil service.
“The defendant must deposit her passport with the deputy chief registrar of the court at or before 6.00p.m. today.
“The defendant shall endeavour to fulfill the conditions within 10 days or the bail will be revoked.
“For the second defendant, an order is hereby made for issuance of summons compelling Godwin Obla to appear before the court on May 15, for the purpose of trial.”
Meanwhile, Ofili-Ajumogobia’s counsel, Mr. Wale Akoni (SAN), had made an oral application for her bail, asking the court to admit the former judge’s bail on self recognizance.
Objecting to Akoni’s request for bail, Oyedepo told the court to take further judicial notice that there was a decision of the National Judicial Council which recommended her dismissal.
He said that considering the nature of the case, it would not be in the interest of justice for her to be granted bail on self recognisance.
He, therefore, urged the court to deny her bail or attach conditions which would compel her to be available for trial.
Aikawa adjourned the case until May 15 for trial.