The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has recovered N900m from Mr. Waripamowei Dudafa, a former Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.
According to Punch, the money was found in one of Dudafa’s accounts, which was immediately frozen. An EFCC source who revealed this said: “Dudafa told us that he had no money; so, we began to investigate his accounts. We then found N900m that was hidden in one of his accounts through the connivance of his account officer.
“Dudafa initially denied owning the account but when he was confronted with evidence, he had no choice but to admit. Some people, who had paid money into the account based on Dudafa’s instructions, even came forward to say that the account indeed belonged to Dudafa. The N900m will be used as evidence against him in court.”
It would be recalled that the EFCC had arrested Dudafa, who was a close aide to and a kinsman of Jonathan on April 18 at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.
The EFCC accused him and Jonathan’s ex Aide-de-Camp, Col. Ojogbane Adegbe of giving N10bn to delegates at the presidential primary of the Peoples Democratic Party in December 2014. The EFCC had alleged that the money was diverted by the Office of the National Security Adviser from a Signature Bonus Account in the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Embattled former NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), had in a statement revealed that the N10bn was given to Ojogbane and Dudafa.
Dasuki had said, “That I am aware in November, I cannot remember the exact date, my office requested the CBN to exchange N10bn from the account of the Office of the National Security Adviser domiciled in CBN. The money was exchanged and $47m and some Euros, which I cannot remember the exact amount, were delivered at my residence.
“The money was for delegates that attended the nomination convention for the PDP presidential nomination. The money was paid and sent to Hon. Dudafa (SSAP, Household) and ADC(C-I-C) for distribution on the instruction of the President.”