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N1.6bn Fraud: Court Frees Jonathan’s Ex-Aide, Banker

The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has freed Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, Senior Special Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan on Domestic Affairs, and Joseph Iwuejo, a banker, of a N1.6 billion fraud charge.

They had been standing trial on 22 counts since 2016.

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Ruling, Justice Mohammed Idris, said the Economic and Financial Crimes Commision (EFCC) did not have enough proof to show the accused are guilty. He said the commission had failed to call key witnesses like Jonathan; the Central Bank of Nigeria governor; Sambo Dasuki, an ex-National Security Adviser; and one Somprei Omeibi.

While saying that money laundering was difficult to prove, the judge said the prosecution tried its best to prove the case, but its best did not measure up to the expected minimum requirement to secure a conviction.

Idris said the case was built mainly on suspicions, which he said could not be used to secure a conviction. He said the anti-graft had not concluded its investigation before rushing to court.

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