Court frees Jonathan’s former aide, banker of alleged N1.6bn fraud




Former Senior Special Adviser to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on Domestic Affairs, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa

The Federal High Court in Lagos has discharged and acquitted a former Senior Special Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan on Domestic Affairs, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, and a banker, Joseph Iwuejo of an alleged N1.6billion fraud charge leveled against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) .

Justice Mohammed freed the defendants (Dufada and Iwuejo) because EFCC failed to prove the charges against them beyond reasonable doubts.

The judge said EFCC’s case was “based on suspicions” and suspicions “cannot take the place of legal evidence”.

The judge argued that EFCC failed to call vital witnesses, including Jonathan and ex-National Security Adviser, Dasuki Sambo, who could have helped in establishing the case.

Justice Idris said EFCC’s failure to call vital witnesses to testify in the case was fatal to the prosecution of the case.

Justice Idris added that the EFCC did not conclude their investigation before rushing to court, hence, the presence of loopholes.

The judge further dismissed the entire 22 counts against Dudafa and Iwuejo.

It would be recall that the defendants ( Dudafa and Iwuejo) had been standing trial since 2016.


 




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