Today, Goodluck Jonathan ex-aide Waripamo-Owei Dudafa told a federal judge in Lagos that the N1.6 billion traced to him by EFCC was money donated for a church building project in Otuoke, Jonathan’s hometown.
Waripamo who told premium times that the money was part of a N6 billion realised from launching for the building of St. Stephen’s Youth Development Centre. Jonathan who was the organiser of the launching held in Lagos on March 16, 2013, due to the fact that he was the grand patron of the Anglican communion.
Goodluck Jonathan ex-aide Waripamo-Owei Dudafa said, “About six (6) billion naira was realised from the event. Several persons made various donations in cash and in pledges at the event while the chief launcher, Arthur Eze Prince, donated ten (10) million dollars (about N1.8 billion).
The former president, Goodluck Jonathan instructed that I should get somebody in the private sector that will be able to keep the fund, as soon as Eze Prince started redeeming his pledge.
I then brought in a friend, Omiebi Somprie, who later opened an account with a bank in Bayelsa. The naira denominated account was opened to receive Eze Prince’s money. .
Anytime Eze Prince brought any money, the former president will direct that I link up with a Bureau De Change operator who will remit the money directly to Somprie’s account”.
Dudafa, alongside Joseph, is facing a twenty-three 23-count charge of conspiracy to conceal proceeds of crime amounting to N1.6 billion.
According to EFCC who alleged that the accused persons between June 2013 and June 2015, used different companies to fraudulently launder the said money.