Fidelity bank card banner Camano banner
EFCC: No evidence that N1.6b was transferred to Jonathan’s church

By Joseph Jibueze on 05/09/2018

Views: 647


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday said there was no evidence that ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s former aide Dr Waripamo-Owei Dudafa transferred part of the N1.6billion he was accused of concealing to a church.

It said contrary to Dudafa’s claim, the money was actually transferred to his company.

Dudafa had claimed on Monday in his evidence-in-chief that the money was raised for a church courtesy of former President Jonathan.

He had said: “From my interactions with former President Goodluck Jonathan, I know that the funds were proceeds of a launching by the Anglican Communion of Otuoke community for the building of St. Stephens Youth Development Centre, Otuoke.

“The launching, which was done in Lagos on the 16th of March, 2013, was organised by the former president as a member of the Anglican Communion and the grand patron.”

But during cross-examination on Tuesday, prosecuting counsel Rotimi Oyedepo dared Dudafa to show evidence that any part of the N1.6billion lodged in the Heritage Bank account of Avalon Global Property Development Company Limited was transferred to the church.

But, Dudafa said only Jonathan could explain.

Oyedepo showed Dudafa the statement of account and asked him to indicate if there was any money transferred to the church.

Dudafa said: “From Exhibit B (the account statement), no fund was transferred to the Anglican Communion of Otuoke Community. I can’t see it.

“It couldn’t have been because only the former President could have given directive on what to do.”

Asked to name the Bishop of the Anglican Communion of Otuoke Community, Dudafa said: “I don’t know; I only related with the former President.”

Oyedepo pointed out from the statement of account that N30million was transferred on November 25, 2013, to The Jakes Fast Food and Restaurant, in which Dudafa had the highest share and which he also chaired.

The EFCC lawyer also showed Dudafa the statement of account of The Jakes Fast Food and Restaurant with the Guarantee Trust Bank.

“It is correct that as of today, the funds that are in the account of The Jakes, paid by a Bureau De Change operator, Murtala Bashir, is in excess of N500millio,” Oyedepo said.

Oyedepo also pointed out that N30million was transferred between December 21 and 22, 2015 to the law firm of Mr Habila Sylvanus, who is an uncle to Dudafa, among others.

Dudafa denied having anything to do with the Office of National Security Adviser or Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Led in evidence by his lawyer Mr. Gboyega Oyewole (SAN), Dudafa said he never had any interaction with former National Security Adviser Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd).

He said his failure to fill the Assets Declaration form at the EFCC while being detained was due to the commission’s refusal to state the nature of his offence.

He added that he did to fill the Asset Declaration form because he was not a public officer as he was not paid salary from the public accounts.

He said: “I did not conspire to conceal any money, as the sources of the money are clear. I had no intention whatsoever to hide anything,” he said.

Dudafa claimed that he ran De Jakes Fast Food even before his appointment by the former President, and that the company’s daily turnover between 2005 and 2011 was between N5million to N7 million daily.

The EFCC arraigned Dudafa and a banker Iwejuo Joseph Nina on June 11, 2016 on a 23-count charge of conspiracy to conceal proceeds of crime amounting to N1.6 billion.

EFCC said they used different companies to launder the money between June 2013 and June 2015.

Justice Mohammed Idris adjourned until Friday.

Sourced from The Nation report

Source News Express

Posted 05/09/2018 05:01:17 AM

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
Police rescue commercial sex worker from client in...

Imo 2019 Guber: Ihedioha names Irona as running...

CUPP faults Buhari’s latest appointments

National Broadband Conference rescheduled

Abia demands evidence of 2 years tax payment...

Why Buhari will win 2019 presidential election —...

Ambode signs bill to guarantee 24-hour power supply...

Ambode, Sanwo-Olu set for war as Buhari fails...

Nigerian, 44 others emerge African champions of science...

Anguished Nigerian father raises alarm over alleged illegal...

Senator Abe cries out over ordeal at Rivers...

Kidnapping: Evans forced to plead guilty — Lawyer...

 

Latest News BREAKING: Algeria stun Senegal, win 2019 AFCON Special Forces eliminate Boko Haram fighters in commando style, nab 6 terrorist Commanders Four policemen dismissed for alleged cover-up Passengers panic as man climbs departing aircraft at Lagos Airport Nigeria, 3 others launch $100m anti-Boko Haram fund Okorocha warns Ihedioha over N100bn claim One dead, six missing after attack on aid workers in Borno Why Bayelsa with 8, Kano 44 LGs have equal senators – Buhari Fake beggars nabbed and paraded in Anambra CBN to partner state governments on livestock, dairy production Don’t let El-Zakzaky, Dasuki die in detention, HURIWA pleads with world leaders •Blasts IGP for restricting public protests Gbajabiamila has schemed my people out of his appointments, Ebonyi APC chieftain cries out

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (509,909 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (431,525 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (373,467 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (316,727 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (282,468 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (247,201 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (239,258 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (223,726 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (221,223 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (208,778 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (188,358 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (186,982 views)

 

NLNG Job Vacancy

CBN banner advert

UBA Wise Savers Promo

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (97) Business & Economy (4,357) Business Verdict (76) Columnists (1,074) Complaints & Requests (95) Enterprise & Opportunities (211) Entertainment (635) Features (779) Global Business Monitor (396) ICT Monitor (53) International (3,723) Interview (192) Live Commentary (30) Love Matters (163) Maggie's Blog (342) News (48,821) Opinion (1,291) Pidgin (17) Politics (11,169) Religion (1,051) Sports (2,102) Stock Watch (39) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

 

 

 

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera