The special assistant to on domestic affairs to former president Goodluck Jonathan was on Wednesday, June 15, arraigned before a Federal High Court in Lagos by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Waripamo-Owei Emmanuel Dudafa and a bank official, Iwejuo Joseph Nna (aka. Taiwo A. Ebenezer and Olugbenga Isaiah) were arraigned on a 23-count charge bordering on money laundering.
One of the charges read: “That you, Waripamo-Owei Emmanuel Dudafa and Iwejuo Joseph Anna a.k.a. Taiwo A. Ebenezer and Olugbenga Isaiah) on or about the 11th day of June, 2013 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court conspired among yourselves to commit an offence, to wit concealing the proceeds of crime in the sum of N1,667,162,800 (one billion, six hundred and sixty seven million, one hundred and sixty two thousand,
eight hundred naira ) and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18 (a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act 2012 and punishable under Section 17(a) of the same Act.”
The duo are accused of concealing, retaining proceeds of crime and failing to furnish information to investigating officers.
Dudafa is alleged to have laundered over N1.6 billion belong to the federal government.
The money was said to have been accrued during his tenure as an aide to Jonathan through the accounts of four companies – Ebiwise Resources Limited, Avalon Global Property Development Company Limited, Rotato Inter-Link Services Limited and Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited.
He is also alleged to have received assistance from Nna, who was said to be in charge of the accounts of the companies.
While the accused persons pleaded not guilty to all the charges against them, their counsels, Aboyega Oyewole and Sunday Abumere told the court to grant to grants their clients bail based on an application filed on Monday, June 13.
But the judge over the matter, Justice Idris adjourned the case till Thursday, June 16, for hearing on the bail applications.
He also ordered that the applicants be remanded in prison custody pending court’s ruling of the applications.
Dudufa appears to be one of the fourth person close to the former president and under investigation by the EFCC since the taking over power by the present administration.
One of them include Jonathan’s cousin, Robert Azibaola and his wife, Stella who are currently standing trial before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court in Abuja.