Legal Nigeria

Jonathan’s ex-aide to be arraigned for N1.6b ‘fraud’

Former Senior Special Assistant to ex-President Gooluck Jonathan on Domestic Affairs Waripamo-Owei Dudafa will be arraigned before Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court in Lagos today.
He and Iwejuo Joseph Nna (alias Taiwo A. Ebenezer and Olugbenga Isaiah) were charged with 23-counts of conspiracy and concealment of crime proceeds.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said the accused conspired to conceal proceeds of crime amounting to over N1.6billion on June 11, 2013.
The alleged offence is contrary to Section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012 and punishable under Section 17(a).
The accused persons 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, between last June 1 and June 4, “procured” Nna and Ebiwise Resources to conceal N150million, being proceeds of crime.
Other companies allegedly used in committing the offence 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 on page 20 of EFCC’s Declaration of Assets Form.
EFCC listed 21 witnesses to testify against the accused, including representatives of banks.
United Bank for Africa Plc, First Bank Plc, Wema Bank Plc and Diamond Bank Plc.
The commission said Dudafa also failed to disclose N305,176,922.99 allegedly held on his behalf by Ebiwise Resource in a Heritage Bank account 1907938635; N64,319,555.66 held on his behalf by Avalon Global in a Heritage Bank account 6001984078; N560,000,000.00 held for him by De Jakes Fast Food in Guaranty Trust Bank account 0042308722, and N10,253,246.85 held for him by Ibejige Services Ltd in an account numbered 6001983026 also domiciled in Heritage Bank.
The Nation