Court case: 10 suitcases full of hard currency for Jonathan – EFCC

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa (his ex-aide), along side his account office in Heritage Bank, Joseph Iwuejo, were arraigned last year on 23-counts bordering on conspiracy and money laundering, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

EFCC alleged that they used various companies to launder various sums of money running into about N5.1bn between June 2013 and June 2015.

The offence contravened Section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012 and punishable under Section 17(a) of the same Act.

The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

On Friday, at the Federal High Court in Lagos during cross examination by Mr. Ige Ashimudara, (lawyer to the second defendant) before Justice Mohammed Idris, Chukwuma said that the defendant wrote a statement where he recalled how Jonathan called him and instructed that he should receive the suitcases.

“Sometimes in 2014, I was called by the President, he instructed that I should wait for the ADC who handed over to me 10 bags as directed by the President . I received the 10 bags and dropped it in the inner room”, part of the statement read.

The suitcases, according to him, contained hard currency that the CBN was directed to release.

The case was adjourned till arch 16 for continuation of hearing.

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