N5.1bn Alleged Fraud: Court Denies Former Special Assistant To GEJ Bail

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A Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs to former President Goodluck Jonathan, was on Thursday, denied bail by Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.

Warpamo Owei Emmanuel Dudafa and one Iwejuo Joseph Nna were both arraigned before the court on a 23-count charge bordering on fraud and stealing on Tuesday.

They are both facing N5.1 billion fraud charges brought against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The two accused persons had pleaded not guilty to all the charges and upon their pleas, the prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo, urged the court to remand them in prison custody.

At Thursday’s proceedings, the accused persons’ counsels, Gboyega Oyewole and Sunday Abumere, imformed the court that their clients’ bail applications have been filed and had been served on the prosecution.

They urged the court to admit their clients bail on liberal terms.

However, the EFCC prosecutor, Oyedepo, admitted receiving the bail applications, but informed the court that he was not opposing the bail applications, but needed time to respond.

Upon the submissions of both parties, Justice Idris ordered that the two accused persons be remanded in prisons custody till June 20, when the court would decide on their bail applications.

In the charge sheet signed by Oyedepo, the EFCC alleged that Dudafa and 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 launder money.

Some of the companies allegedly used in committing the alleged offences are 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.

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