N5.1bn charge: Court fixes July 6 for ‘no case’ submission of GEJ’s ex-aide

Waripamo-Owei Emmanuel Dudafa

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday fixed July 6 to deliver ruling on a ‘no case’ submission filed by Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, a former presidential aide facing N5.1bn fraud charge. Justice Mohammed Idris reserved ruling after counsel representing parties had respectively adopted their written submissions before the court.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission arraigned Owei-Dudafa, a former aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, alongside one Joseph Iwejuo, on 23 counts bordering on conspiracy and concealment of crime proceeds. Also charged are some companies namely Seagate Property Development; Investment Ltd, Avalon Global Property Development Company Ltd, Pluto Property Ltd, Investment Company Ltd, and Rotate Interlink Services Ltd. Others are LIbejige Services Ltd, De Jakes Fast Food Restaurant Nigeria Ltd and Ebiwise Resources. The accused had pleaded not guilty to the charges and were granted bail.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that after EFCC closed the case for the prosecution, the defence had informed the court of a “no-case” submission filed on behalf of the accused.