EFCC operatives.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will re-arraign Joseph Nwobike (SAN) after amending the criminal charges it filed against him.

The anti-graft agency had in March 2016 accused and filed a five-count charge bordering on gratification against Nwobike who it alleged offered to bribe judges.

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According to the EFCC, the lawyer offered the sums of N750,000 and N3000,00 to Justices Mohammed Yunusa and Hyeledzira Nganjiwa respectively. Both are judges of the Federal High Court.

The bribes, a contravention of Section 97 (3) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State No. 11, 2011, were to subvert the course of justice.

However, the accused,  Nwobike, has pleaded not guilty to the charge when he was first arraigned and was granted bail on self-recognisance and trial commenced subsequently.

The trial, being heard by Justice Raliat Adebiyi, took a bit of a turn on Friday when the EFCC, through its counsel, Mohammed Idris, told the court the anti-graft agency intends to amend its charges and re-arraign Nwobike.

As the case was already winding down, he argues that, as the prosecutor, he was at liberty to amend his charges anytime before the delivery of judgement according to the provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.