Jonathan’s former aide’s trial stalled due to lawyer’s illness

Justice Mohammed Idris of a federal High court in Lagos on Thursday, had to adjourn the trial of a former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, for alleged N5.1bn fraud  due to the absence of his lawyer, Mr. Gboyega Oyewole.

Oyewole on Thursday informed the court that he was ill.

Justice Idris, consequently adjourned till November 21, 2016 for continuation of trial.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting Dudafa and a banker, Joseph Iwuejo, on 23 counts of alleged N5.1bn fraud.

The EFCC alleged that between June 2013 and June 2015,  Dudafa and Iwuejo, who also claimed to be Taiwo Ebenezer and Olugbenga Isaiah, used different companies to fraudulently launder various sums of money running into N5.1bn.

Some of the companies allegedly used by the accused persons as Seagate Property Development & Investment Limited; Avalon Global Property Development Company Limited; Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited; and Rotate Interlink Services Limited; Ibejige Services Limited; DeJakes Fast Food & Restaurant Nigeria Limited; and Ebiwise Resources.