Court orders EFCC to re-arraign Jonathan’s ex-aide

Posted by News Express | 16 November 2018 | 1,181 times

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A Federal High Court in Lagos, on Friday, ordered the re-arraignment of a former presidential aide, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa charged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), over N1.6 billion fraud.

Dudafa, an ex-aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, is charged alongside one Iwejuo Nna.

EFCC alleged that they committed the offence on June 11, 2013.

They were first arraigned in 2016, before Justice Mohammed Idris, on 23-counts of conspiracy to conceal proceeds of crime amounting to N1.6 billion.

On Friday, Justice Mohammed Idris ordered the re-arraignment of the accused, after dismissing objections to the amended 22 count charge preferred against them by the EFCC.

The accused were consequently, re-arraigned on the amended charge and they pleaded not guilty to same.

The court then allowed the accused to continue with the previous bail earlier granted by the court.

After their re-arraignment, the defence informed the court that they would need to call their witnesses afresh.

In response, the prosecutor, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, told the court that even if they wished to recall any of the prosecution witnesses, he would oblige them.

The court adjourned the matter until Nov. 19, for trial by 1 p.m (NAN)

Source: News Express

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