Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, former Senior Assistant on Domestic Matters to ex President Goodluck Jonathan, has alleged that the EFCC wants him to implicate the ex first lady, Patience Jonathan.
According to Premium Times, Dudafa said “My only sin is that I have refused to yield to the Commission’s pressure to write false statements to incriminate the former first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan.”
Mrs. Jonathan came on the radar of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), when she claimed ownership of bank accounts that had millions of dollars.
Dudafa, on the other was arrested by the Department of State Security (DSS) while trying to travel out of the country and handed him over to the EFCC to answer for allegations of fraud against him.
The former presidential aide also alleged that the EFCC has refused to let him go, despite the fact that he has met all bail conditions.
Justice Mohammed Idris of the Lagos Division had earlier granted Dudafa bail in the sum of N500 million and three sureties in like sum.
Justice Idris also stated “The sureties shall be landed property owner within the jurisdiction of the court.
“The sureties shall deposit the title documents in the registry of the court. The said title documents shall be verified as genuine by the EFCC.
“The sureties shall deposit three years tax clearance certificates which shall be verified as genuine by the EFCC. The sureties shall file affidavit of means and residency which shall be verified by the EFCC.”
Also, Justice Babs Kuewumi, in another case, granted Dudafa bail in the sum of N250 million with one surety, Premium Times reports.
Justice Kuewumi said “The surety shall be ordinarily resident in Lagos and shall be owner of built up property within Lagos metropolis.
“The surety shall deposit original copy of property certificate of occupancy with the registry of the court. The surety shall deposit four recent passport photographs, his international passport, depose to affidavit of means and show proof of payment of three year tax paid as at when due.”
Adding that “The bankers of the surety shall write letter of introduction to indicate the age of the surety account with the bank.
“The prosecution in conjunction with the court registrar shall verify the surety as a suitable person as well as the property in issue. The certificate of occupancy shall be verified by the land registry in Lagos.”
The spokesman of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren has however denied Dudafa’s claim.
He said “I don’t know the petition you are talking about but whatever petition there is, the Commission does not force anybody to do anything,”
In a related development, the EFCC has blocked the bank account of Bola Shagaya, a billionaire businesswoman, declared to be the wealthiest woman in Africa by Forbes.
Shagaya’s account was blocked because investigations revealed that she allegedly paid some ‘suspicious’ amount of money to Mrs. Jonathan’s account.