Abuja - A witness at the ongoing trial of Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, an aide of former President Goodluck Jonathan, has revealed that to a federal court in Lagos that he received $4 million in cash from the defendant, Premium Times reports.
Murtala Abubakar, a bureau de change operator, said he received a total of N1.6 billion from Dudafa through five companies – Pluto Properties and Investment Limited, Avalon Global Property, Rotato Interlink Services, Seagate Property and Ebiwise Services Limited – between 2013 and 2015.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had arraigned Dudafa, a former Senior Special Assistant to Jonathan, and Joseph Iwejuo on a 23-count charge of concealment, retention of proceeds of crime, and failure to furnish information, before Justice Mohammed Idris of the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court.
Abubakar, led in evidence by Rotimi Oyedepo, counsel to the EFCC, said he had known Dudafa since his days as a Commissioner for Local Government in Bayelsa State under the administration of Governor Timipre Sylva.
The witness also told the court that the only relationship between the two of them was forex transaction that continued up to the time Mr. Dudafa became a personal assistant to President Jonathan.
News24 previously reported that Waripamo-Owei Dudafa secured bail of N500 million at the Federal High Court in Lagos.
He is implicated in corruption alongside Iwejuo Joseph Nna.
The accused persons had pleaded not guilty to 23-counts of concealment and retention of proceeds of crime to the tune of over N1 667 billion.
The money was allegedly laundered through the accounts of Ebiwise Resources Limited, Avalon Global Property Development Company Limited, Rotato Inter-Link Services Limited and Pluto Property & Investment Company Limited in a new generation bank, where the second defendant, Iwejuo was the accounts officer.
- News 24