Ex-Jonathan’s Aide Hid Interest In 15M Shares,Witness Tells Court
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos today, told that a former aide to ex- President Goodluck Jonathan, Waripamo-Owei, Dudafa did not declare 15 million shares he possessed in a secret company.
A Senior Detective Superintendent with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Chukwuma Orji gave the evidence at the resumed trial of Dufafa, who is facing trial over N5.1 billion fraud.
EFCC had arraigned Dudafa alongside one Joseph Iwejuo on 23-counts of conspiracy and concealment of crime proceeds.
Led in conclusion of his evidence in chief by the Prosecutor, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, the witness told the court that following intelligence report, the commission uncovered a company known as Ibejige Services Limited.
He said further investigations revealed that the mandate of the company had the signature of Dudafa and also bears his international passport.
According to the witness, intelligence also showed that in July 2015, Dufafa signed as Chairman of the companies, adding that his wife was also a signatory to the company.
Orji told the court that investigations revealed that Dudafa possessed 15 million shares in the said company, and had failed to declare same in his asset declaration.
After his evidence, Oyedepo informed the court that he had closed his examination in chief with the witness.
Meanwhile, under cross- examination defence counsel, Mr Gboyega Oyewole (SAN) asked the witness for his employment details and in response Orji said, “I joined the commission between 2007 and 2008 and am currently a Senior Detective Superintendent,”
On his educational qualification, he told the court that he possessed a degree and a masters degree in Engineering.
On the question whether the accused was under any investigation before a report was made on him, the witness told the court that the commission receives intelligence before it springs into investigations.
When asked if he was aware of an invitation by the EFCC to the accused, he said, “My lord there is a process called “need to know “ and I am not a part of that team.
On whether the accused was declared wanted the witness told the court that exhibit F2, (an EFCC letter written to the Department of Security Services on diversion of public funds) Orji said was sufficient to mark him wanted.
Justice Mohammed Idris has fixed December 14 for continuation of cross examination.
Dudafa was arraigned alongside Iwejuo, also going by the names Taiwo Ebenezer and Olugbenga Isaiah.
Some of the companies allegedly used by the duo in committing the offences includes; Seagate Property Development & Investment Ltd, Avalon Global Property Development Company Ltd; Pluto Property and Investment Company Ltd and Rotate Interlink Services Ltd.
Others are; Ibejige Services Ltd, DE Jakes Fast Food & Restaurant Nigeria Ltd and Ebiwise Resources.