The former Senior Particular Assistant to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on Home Affairs, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, right this moment informed Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal Excessive Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, that the N1.6 billion traced to him by the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) was proceeds of donations in direction of a church building mission.
Dudafa acknowledged this throughout his examination-in-chief by his lawyer, Mr Gboyega Oyewole (SAN), after opening his defence on the alleged fraud cost. Dudafa and his co-accused, Iwejuo Joseph Nna, had been on June 11th 2016, first arraigned earlier than the court by the EFCC on a 23-count cost of conspiracy to conceal proceeds of crime amounting to N1.6 billion.
On the resumed listening to of the case right this moment, Dudafa informed the court that the N1.6 billion the antigraft company was investigating, was a part of the N6 billion realised from the launching in direction of the building of St. Stephen’s Youth Improvement Centre, Otuoke, by the Anglican Communion of Otuoke group in March 2013.
“From my interactions with former President Goodluck Jonathan, I do know that the funds had been proceeds of a launching that was carried out by the Anglican Communion of Otuoke group for the building of St. Stephen’s Youth Improvement Centre, Otuoke. The launching, which was carried out 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.
“About N6 billion was realised from the occasion. A number of individuals made numerous donations in money and in pledges on the occasion, whereas the Chief Launcher, Prince Arthur Eze, donated $10 million (about N1.eight billion). The donation by the chief launcher was a pledge which he promised to fulfill in piece-meal.” the former aide stated
Dudafa added that his boss, Jonathan, later gave him the duty of following up on the promise made by Prince Eze.
“When Prince Eze began redeeming his pledge in piece-meal, the former President directed that I ought to get someone within the personal sector that shall be ready to preserve the fund. I then introduced in a pal, Somprie Omiebi, who later opened an account with a financial institution in Bayelsa. The naira denominated account was opened to obtain Prince Eze’s cash.
“Anytime Prince Eze introduced any cash, the former president will direct that I hyperlink up with a Bureau De Change (BDC) operator who will remit the cash instantly to the account opened by Somprie Omiebi.”
Dudafa denied having something to do with the businesses listed within the cost and even figuring out the businesses.
“I’m not a signatory to their accounts. I’m additionally not a director. I do know Somprie Omiebi as somebody within the personal sector that introduced these accounts and the businesses to the former president and his spouse for the safekeeping of their cash. Omiebi is the one individual that is aware of the small print of the assorted accounts,” he stated.
The former President’s aide had earlier informed the court how he was arrested on the Murtala Mohammed Worldwide Airport, Lagos, by operatives of the Division of State Companies (DSS) on the April 17, 2016, whereas he was accompanying his son to the UK.
In the meantime, additional listening to within the matter continues.