The ongoing investigation of Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) on Wednesday led to the anti-graft agency grilling her two children at the Lagos office of the commission for several hours. An EFCC told The PUNCH that the Ofili-Ajumogobia’s children were grilled as part of the investigations into the allegations that their mother received a total of $793,800 in several tranches from different sources unlawfully between 2012 and 2015. Ofili-Ajumogobia was alleged to have collected bribes through a company account in Diamond Bank, Nigel & Colive Ltd, which she owns jointly with her children.
A detective told PUNCH that, “About a week ago, we gave an invitation letter to Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia and asked her to give it to her two children. However, they never honoured the invitation. So, today (Wednesday), we went to the house with a search warrant but they refused to open the door. A former Minister, Odein Ajumogobia, who happens to be the judge’s brother-in-law, promised us that he would bring the children around 3pm, so we left. We invited her children because their names featured in our investigation. So, we invited them to hear their own side of the story. The minister honoured his promise because the children were brought to our officer around 3pm.” Going by reports, the children were still being grilled as of press time.