ICYMI: Dudafa Freed By Court In N1.6Bn Charge, EFCC To Appeal

Federal High Court in Lagos has found former Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on Domestic Affairs, Dr Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, who was charged with an alleged money laundering of N1.6bn not guilty

Justice Mohammed Idris said Thursday that the Dudafa is not guilty of the 22-count charge levelled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The court had reserved judgement back in May.

Both the prosecution and the defence had adopted their final written addresses in the trial which started in 2016.

Meanwhile, EFCC, has vowed to appeal the judgment of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos that discharged and acquitted Dudafa, and a banker, Joseph Iwuejo, who were charged with N1.6bn fraud.

The Commission is studying the details of the judgment and will approach the appeal court for a review.

The defendants were arraigned on a 22-count charge bordering on money laundering, conspiracy and concealment to the tune of N1.6bn.

The defendants allegedly conspired and laundered the fund through the accounts of A.B. Wise Resources Limited, Seagate Property Development and Investment Limited, Avalon Global Property Development Company Limited, Rotato Interlink Service Limited, Pluto Property and Services Limited and De-jakes fast food and Restaurant Limited.

They pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against them, thereby leading to their trial.

In his judgment Thursday, Justice Idris held that the prosecution, through his counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, failed to prove the charges against the defendants beyond reasonable doubts.

Justice Idris further held that the prosecution failed to call “material witnesses”, including former President Jonathan, one Somprei Omeibi, the Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Godwin Emefiele and ex-National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

The Judge also held that, “the prosecution did its best, but it failed to conclude investigation before going to court.”

Justice idris consequently dismissed all 22 counts against Dudafa and Iwuejo.

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