N1.6b Fraud: Jonathan’s Ex-Aide Remanded In Prison

WARIPAMOIWEI-DUDAFAA federal high court sitting in Lagos on Wednesday remanded a former Special Assistant to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on Domestic Matters, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa in prison custody.
Also remanded in prison custody was one Iwejuo Joseph Nna, Dudafa’s accomplice.
The duo were arraigned today before Justice Mohammed Idris by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a 23 count-charge bordering on N1.6billion fraud.
In the charge, the EFCC alleged that Dudafa and Nna, who also claimed to be Taiwo Ebenezer and Olugbenga Isaiah at different times, had between June 11, 2013, and June 2015, used different companies to fraudulently commit the alleged offences.
When the charges were read to them in court, the accused persons pleaded not guilty.
The EFCC prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo, urged the court to remand them in prison custody pending when their trial will commence.
However, counsel to the accused persons, Gboyega Oyewole and Sunday Abumere, informed the court that their clients’ bail applications have been filed, and same served on the prosecution.
Messrs. Oyewole and Abumere urged the court to admit their clients on bail in liberal term.
After listening to the submissions of both parties, the trial judge, Justice Idris, ordered that the accused persons be remanded in prison custody till the court decides on their bail applications on Thursday (tomorrow).