Prosecutor’s absence stalls the trial of GEJ’s ex-aide, Dudafa

By Punch News

Justice Mohammed Idris of a Federal High Court in Lagos, on Tuesday, fixed November for the continuation of the criminal trial of Warampo Dudafa, a former special assistant to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

 

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had arraigned Dudafa alongside one Joseph Iwejuo on 23-count of conspiracy and concealment of crime proceeds.

 

They had pleaded not guilty to the charges.

 

At the resumed hearing of the case on Tuesday, the court was constrained to adjourn the matter following the absence of the prosecutor, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo.

 

Oyedepo had written a letter to the court, urging it to adjourn the matter as he was attending another case before the Lagos division of the appeal court.

 

The defence counsels did not oppose the letter.

 

Justice Idris consequently fixed November 10 for continuation of trial.

 

In the charge, the accused were alleged to have, on June 11, 2013, conspired to conceal proceeds of crime amounting to over N1.6bn.

 

It was alleged that they concealed the sum through a company, Seagate Property Development and Investment Ltd.

 

They were alleged to have also used Avalon Global Property Development Company Ltd. to launder over N399m.

 

Other companies allegedly used in perpetuating the crime included: Pluto Property and Investment Company Ltd., Rotato Inter Link Services Ltd. and De Jakes Fast Food and Restaurant Nigeria Ltd.

 

Dudafa was alleged to have, between June 1 and June 4, 2015, contracted Iwejuo and Ebiwise Resources Ltd. to conceal N150m, being alleged proceeds of crime.

 

EFCC also alleged that on April 27, Dudafa failed to furnish any information in relation to over N616m held on his behalf by Seagate Property’s account.

 

The prosecution said he also failed to disclose the sum of N560m held for him by De Jakes Fast Food Ltd., as well as the sum of N10m held for him by Ibejige Services Ltd.

 

The offence is said to have contravened the provisions of Section 27 (3) (c) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act 2004. (NAN)

SOURCE: http://punchng.com/prosecutors-absence-stalls-trial-gejs-ex-aide-dudafa/

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