N5.1bn: I was kept in EFCC detention for two days without food- banker

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A banker, Iwejuo Joseph Nna on Tuesday told a Federal High Court in Lagos that he was starved of food for two days while kept in detention by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Nna, who is a co-accused with Waripamo-Owei Emmanuel Dudafa, an aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan were accused of N5.1billion fraud.

He made this disclosure during the examination-in-chief examined by his lawyer, Sunday Abumere, in a trial-within-trial ordered by the court to determine whether or not his statements to the commission were voluntarily made.

Recounting his ordeal, he said: “I was a banker before this whole thing started but I got suspended because of the on-going case. I was invited to my bank’s head office on May 10, 2016, for an onward movement to the EFCC’s office to be interrogated on an issue.

“On arrival at the place, I was taken to one, Orji Chukwuma, who told me that I need to help them on this issue and that they want me to be a witness against the 1st defendant (Dudafa). Two other officers of the EFCC said the same thing to me.

“I was later given a paper to write my statement but it was withheld because I was told that was not what they want me to write. During this period, I did not eat anything for two days. When I want to go and eat, Orji told me I can’t go because there was no officer that will follow to the canteen.

“My phone was later taken away from me and I was guided on what to write. I was promised not to be detained if I co-operate with them. I wrote more than eleven statements at the EFCC’s office”.

Earlier on, Iwejuo’s co-accused, Waripamo-Owei Emmanuel Dudafa, had concluded his own evidences in the trial-within-trial insisting that he wrote his statements under duress.

The court had also admitted a remand order secured by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from a magistrate court to further detain Dudafa while investigation into the case was on-going.

The trial judge, Justice Mohammed Idris has adjourned further hearing in the matter till February 21.

Dudafa was arraigned alongside one, Iwejuo Joseph Nna, a. k. a. Taiwo Ebenezer and Olugbenga Isaiah by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a 23-count charge of alleged N5.1billion fraud.

Some of the companies allegedly used by the duo in committing the offences includes; Seagate Property Development & Investment Limited, Avalon Global Property Development Company Limited; Iwejuo Joseph Nna and Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited; Iwejuo Joseph Nna and Rotate Interlink Services Limited.

Others are; Ibejige Services Limited; DE Jakes Fast Food & Restaurant Nigeria Limited and Ebiwise Resources.

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