The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday closed its case in the prosecution former Senior Special Assistant to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on Domestic Affairs, Dr Waripamo-Owei Dudafa.
EFCC arraigned Dudafa and Iwejuo Joseph Nna before Justice Mohammed IdrisJustice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court in Lagos on 23 counts of conspiracy to conceal proceeds of crime amounting to over N1.6billion on June 11, 2013.
Prosecuting counsel, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, after tendering some documents, said he had no more witnesses to call.
He added that he intended to file an amended charge without re-opening his case.
Defence counsel, Gboyega Oyewole (SAN) and Ige Asemudara, said they would make a no-case submission.
The defendants allegedly concealed the sum through a company, Seagate Property Development and Investment Ltd, an offence contrary to Section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012 and punishable under Section 17(a).
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.
EFCC said Dudafa “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 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 the Declaration of Assets Form.
The prosecution said he 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 domiciled in Heritage Bank.
The court had rejected Dudafa’s claim that he was “tormented” by EFCC officials while in detention.
Dudafa had claimed that he was “tormented” by EFCC officials in a bid to get him to implicate the former president.
He said the statements were dictated to him, and that he was induced to sign in exchange for his freedom.
Justice Idris dismissed the claim and admitted Dudafa’s statements in evidence on the basis that their contents did not indicate that the defendants “confessed” to any crime.
He was, however, silent on Dudafa’s claims that he was “tormented” and induced to make the statements.
Justice Idris adjourned until April 25.