Jonathan’s Ex-aide, Dudafa Takes Stance on Money Laundering Charge


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Mr Waripamo -Owei  Dudafa, a former aide to President  Goodluck Jonathan and two other accused  persons have asked the court to change their guilty plea on the ground that the court has no jurisdiction to take the pleas from the purported directors of the companies.

They had pleaded guilty on September  15, before justice Babs Kuewumi to conspiring together to launder money, which the EFCC claims to be theft.

The wife of the former president, Patience Jonathan,  is claiming  the ownership of the money which was earlier frozen by the EFCC in four Skye bank accounts linked to her but opened with the four companies account.

The four companies  are : Seagate property and investment Development Company Limited, Pluto Property and Investment Development Company  Limited, Avalon Property and Investment  Developmet Company Limited, Transoceanic Property and Investment  Development Company Limited. These companies directors had pleaded  guilty when arraigned.

At the court proceedings  on Tuesday, the counsel  to Dudafa, Mr Gbenga  Oyewole, informed the court of pending applications seeking to change the companies’ guilt pleas.

Oyewole  told the court that his clients  application, which was attached with four exhibits, an affidavit and a written address,  was pursuant to section 274,396,474 and 478 of Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA)  2011, and of inherent jurisdiction of the court.

Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, the prosecutor described  the application as strange and a serious violent abuse of court process.

The prosecutor said though  the companies have a  right to change their pleas  before ruling or judgement is delivered,  he added that going by the documents from the Corporate  Affairs Commission (CAC)  and the companies mandate forms from Skye bank, the purported directors were the ones who were signatories to the companies.

In view of this, the presiding judge, Justice  Babs  Kuewunmi, adjourned till October  7 to rule either to uphold the accused applications or to dismiss it.

The EFCC,  in a second  amended charge marked FHC /337C/16, alledged  that the three accussed persons alongside the four companies, between  November 13, 2013 and March 31,2015, conspired with one Sombre Omeibi, who is now at large,to retain the sum of $15.591,700, which they were supposed  to know is part of the proceeds of an unlawful act.



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