By Bukola Olasanmi
Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, who was dismissed by the National Judicial Council (NJC), has told the Federal High Court in Lagos that she is still a judge of the court.
According to her, she remains a judge until President Muhammadu Buhari’s approval of her dismissal is gazetted.
She is praying the court to decline jurisdiction to try her for money laundering because a serving judge cannot undergo trial until formally dismissed.
Arguing her preliminary objection, Ofili-Ajumogobia’s lawyer Robert Clarke (SAN) faulted a letter from the Presidency confirming that she had been dismissed.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), which arraigned Ofili-Ajumogobia, tendered the letter as proof that she is no longer a judge.
But Clarke contended that the letter was addressed to the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) rather than to the Chairman of the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC