- The EFCC has challenged the claim that the N1.6 billion linked to a former aide of ex-president Goodluck Jonathan was a donation to the Anglican Communion in Bayelsa state
- Counsel for the EFCC, Rotimi Oyedepo, challenged the ex-presidential aide, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, to show evidence that any part of the money was transferred to the church
- Dudafa was said to have replied that it is only his former principal, Jonathan, who could explain that
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Tuesday, September 4, challenged the claim that the N1.6 billion linked to former aide of ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa was a donation to the Anglican Communion in Bayelsa state.
The commission declared that there was no evidence for the transaction that Dudafa claimed in his evidence-in-chief that the money was raised for a church, courtesy of former president Jonathan.
He said: “From my interactions with former President Goodluck Jonathan, I know that the funds were proceeds of a launching by the Anglican Communion of Otuoke community for the building of St. Stephens Youth Development Centre, Otuoke.
“The launching, which was done in Lagos on March 16, 2013, was organised by the former president as a member of the Anglican Communion and the grand patron.”
Counsel for the EFCC, Rotimi Oyedepo asked Dudafa to show evidence that any part of the N1.6 billion lodged in the bank account of Avalon Global Property Development Company Limited was transferred to the church.
It was learnt that Dudafa, however, replied that only his former principal, Jonathan, could explain that.
Oyedepo showed Dudafa the statement of account and asked him to indicate if there was any money transferred to the church.
Dudafa said: “From Exhibit B (the account statement), no fund was transferred to the Anglican Communion of Otuoke Community. I can’t see it. It couldn’t have been because only the former President could have given directive on what to do. “I don’t know; I only related with the former president.”
Oyedepo pointed out the statement of account that N30million was transferred on November 25, 2013 to The Jakes Fast Food and Restaurant, in which Dudafa had the highest share and which he also chaired.
The EFCC lawyer also showed Dudafa the statement of account of The Jakes Fast Food and Restaurant with the Guarantee Trust Bank.
Oyedepo said: “It is correct that as of today, the funds that are in the account of The Jakes, paid by a Bureau De Change operator, Murtala Bashir, is in excess of N500millio.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported thatformer aide of ex-president Gooluck Jonathan, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, said the N1.6 billion linked to him by the EFCC was not a proceed of fraud.
Dudafa said the N1.6 billion linked to him by the EFCC was part of the money realised from a fundraiser organised in 2013 by the Anglican Communion of Otuoke Community, to which ex-president Jonathan was a grand patron.
Dudafa said the fundraiser took place in Lagos and many people made monetary donations, including the chief launcher, Prince Arthur Eze, who pledged $10m (about N1.8bn), to be paid in installments.
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