Justice Mohammed Idris of a Lagos Federal High Court, on Wednesday ordered the remand of a former Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Warpamo Owei Emmanuel Dudafa, in Prisons Custody, till Thursday, when the court will rule on his bail applications.
Also ordered to be remanded in prison custody is one Iwejuo Joseph Nna, who is also known as Taiwo Ebenezer and Olugbenga Isaiah, who was arraigned with the former Special Assistant to President Goodluck.
The duo were arraigned before the court on 23 count-charge bordering on alleged N5.1 billion fraud, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The two accused persons had pleaded not guilty to all the counts charge, and upon their pleas, the prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo, urged the court to remand them in prison custody, and adjourned for trial.
However, lawyers to the accused persons, Gboyega Oyewole and Sunday Abumere, informed the court that their clients’ bail applications have been filed, and have been served on the prosecution.
They urged the court to admit their clients bail on liberal term.
But the EFCC prosecutor, Oyedepo, admitted receiving the bail applications, though, informed the court that he is not opposing the bail applications but needed time to respond.
Upon the submissions of both parties, the presiding judge, Justice Idris, ordered that the two accused persons be remanded in prisons custody till Thursday, when the court shall decide on their bail applications.
In the charge sheet signed by Rotimi Oyedepo, the EFCC alleged that Dudafa, and Joseph Nna, who also claimed to be Taiwo Ebenezer, and Olugbenga Isaiah, had between June 11, 2013, and June 2015, used different companies to fraudulently steal and commit the alleged offences.
Some of the companies allegedly used in committing the alleged offences includes; Seagate Property Development & Investment Limited, Avalon Global Property Development Company Limited; Iwejuo Joseph Nna and Pluto LUTO Property and Investment Company Limited; Iwejuo Joseph Nna and Rotate Interlink Services Limited.
Others include; Ibejige Services Limited; DE Jakes Fast Food & Restaurant Nigeria Limited; and Ebiwise Resources.
The count one of the charge reads in parts; “that you, Warpamo Owei Emmanuel Dudafa, and Iwejuo Joseph Nna (a.k.a. Taiwo Ebenezer and Olugbenga Isaiah), on or about the 11th day of June, 2013 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court conspired amongst yourselves to commit an offence, to wit: Concealing the proceeds of crime in the sum of N 1, 667,162,800.00 (One Billion, Six Hundred and Sixty Seven Million, One Hundred and Sixty Two Thousand, Eight Hundred Naira), and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012 and punishable under Section 17(a) of the same Act.”
And count 23 reads; “That you, Warpamo Owei Emmanuel Dudafa, on April 27, 2016 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court failed to furnish any information in relation to your interest in Ibijige Services Limited as required in page 12 of the Declaration of Assets Form and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 27 (3) (c) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act 2004.”
The alleged offences are contrary to and punishable under sections 17(a), 18(c), and 27 (3) (c) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act 2004.