Court remands Jonathan’s ex-aide in prison over graft allegation

By Olaolu Oladipo, Lagos 

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the remand of the former Senior Special Assistant to ex-President Gooluck Jonathan on Domestic Affairs Waripamo-Owei Dudafa in prison. 

Anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had arraigned him before Justice Mohammed Idris on 23-counts of conspiracy and concealment of crime proceeds. 

The accused alongside one Iwejuo Joseph Nna (alias Taiwo A. Ebenezer and Olugbenga Isaiah) were accused of conspiring to conceal proceeds of crime amounting to over N1.6billion on June 11, 2013. 

They pleaded not guilty to all the counts when their pleas were taken by the court but defence counsel Gboyega Oyewole andSunday Abumeri said they filed bail applications on their clients’ behalf. 

However, prosecution counsel, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo said he needed more time to respond. 

According to the EFCC, the defendants allegedly concealed the sum through a company, Seagate Property Development and Investment Ltd. 

They were also accused of knowingly concealing proceeds of crime through Avalon Global Property Development Company Ltd in the sum of N 399, 470,000.00, among others. 

Dudafa had between last June 1 and June 4, “procured” Nna and Ebiwise Resources to conceal N150million being proceeds of crime.

Other companies allegedly used in laundering the money include Pluto Property And Investment Company Ltd, Rotato Inter Link Services Ltd and De Jakes Fast Food and Restaurant Nigerian Ltd. 

EFCC said Dudafa, on April 27, failed to furnish any information in relation to N616,526,506.70 allegedly held on his behalf by Seagate Property’s account: 7400046952 domiciled in Heritage Bank Ltd as required in page 20 of the Declaration of Assets Form.

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