N5.1bn Fraud: How Former Presidential Aid Laundered Money for Patience Jonathan
Goodluck and Patience Jonathan. Picture courtesy skytrendnews
London, Oct. 18, 2017 (AltAfrika)-A Nigeria High Court on Tuesday heard how a former Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs to former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa laundered several billions of Naira for former First Lady, Patience Jonathan.
The revelation was made by a prosecution witness, Orji Chukwuma, in the ongoing trial of the former aide to President Jonathan before Justice Mohammed Idris of Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria.
Dudafa is standing trial alongside Joseph Iwuejo, a former account officer, who allegedly aided him to perpetrate the fraud.
Dudafa and Iwuejo, who also used different fictitious names between June 2013 and June 2015, were alleged to have used different companies to fraudulently launder various sums of money to the tune of N5.1bn.
At the resumed hearing on Tuesday, Chukwuma, an investigator with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, told the court how one Murtala Abubakar, a Bereau de Change operator, admitted to have collected several millions in dollars from Dudafa.
Led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, Chukwuma also told the court that the said money was given to Dudafa at the Aso Rock Villa by Patience, the wife of the former President.
Testifying further, Chukwuma told the court that Dudafa used some companies namely: ABY Resources Limited; Avalon Global Property Development Company Limited; Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited; Ibejige Services Limited and DeJakes Fast Food & Restaurant Nigeria Limited to ware-house and manage the monies found in his possession.
Meanwhile, Dudafa, through his lawyer, filed an application urging the court to release his international passport temporarily to enable him go for a medical appointment outside the country.
Responding, the prosecution counsel, Oyedepo urged the court to ignore the application on the grounds that the EFCC had written to a Lagos State government hospital to examine Dudafa’s health and to determine whether he could be treated in the country. He however, told the court that he had yet to receive any response from the hospital.
Consequently, Justice Idris adjourned to October 24, 2017 for hearing of the application and November 14 and 15, 2017 for continuation of the trial.