N8bn Found in Dr. Dudafa’s Account is Mine – Patience Jonathan

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is presently trying to unravel a puzzle, of how the $20m found in the account of a company allegedly registered by the former Senior Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Waripamo-Owei Emmanuel Dudafa, is being claimed by the former first lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan.
The Street Journal learnt that the EFCC had stumbled on details of an account of a company, domiciled with the Sky Bank, allegedly registered by the former SSA, where the sum of $20m, when converted with the current exchange rate is about N8bn, was secretly kept.
And he was invited to explain the circumstances surrounding the money.
However, before he could appear before the anti-graft body, Mrs Jonathan’s Lawyer appeared on the scene, claiming that the money belongs to her.
But further findings by this magazine at the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), revealed that the company was registered by Dudafa, using the names of his driver and houseboy as co directors.
The name of the wife of the former President was never featured in all the documents sighted by this paper.
Thus the EFCC, it was learnt, is at loss of what to make out of Mrs Jonathan’s claims that the money is hers.
Findings further revealed that transactions on the said account from when it was opened in 2012 until when it was frozen by the EFCC, amounted to $15m and $20m balance, all transaction were all done in cash. There was no money transfer or check deposit, but through cash deposit and withdrawal.
Meanwhile, the Commission is trying hard to establish the link between Mrs Jonathan and the money or between her and the company.
According to the EFCC source, many questions are begging for answers. Is the former first lady trying to use her name to save Dudafa from prosecution? Was Dudafa fronting for her in keeping the money in the domiciliary account pending when it will be safe enough to withdraw the money? If the money is hers as she is claiming, where is the source of the money?
These and other questions, it was gathered, the EFCC is trying to unlock.
“Getting answers to these questions will determine whether the EFCC will prosecute the former first lady either for impersonation (for trying to shield Dudafa from prosecution) or for money laundering.
“The scope of the investigation is sure to get wider as time goes on. It is only a matter of time to determine whether the EFCC will prosecute her or not,” the source said.
As of the time of filing this report, the bank manager of Sky Bank, Dipo Oshodi, is said to be in the EFCC custody explaining all he knows about the account.
Earlier, on June 15 this year, Dudafa and two others were docked by the EFCC before Justice M.B. Idris of the Federal High Court Lagos on 23-counts of concealment, retention of proceeds of crime and failing to furnish information.
Dudafa was alleged to have laundered over N1, 667,162,800.00 (One billion, six hundred and sixty seven million, one hundred and sixty two thousand, eight hundred Naira) while performing his duties as SSA to the former President, through the accounts of four companies – Ebiwise Resources Limited, Avalon Global Property Development Company Limited, Rotato Inter-Link Services Limited and Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited.
He allegedly received the assistance of the second defendant, Iwejuo Joseph Nna, a branch manager of a new generation bank, who was in charge of the said accounts.
Part of the charge reads:
“That you, Waripamo-Owei Emmanuel Dudafa and Iwejuo Joseph Anna a.k.a. Taiwo A. Ebenezer and Olugbenga Isaiah) on or about the 11th day of June, 2013 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court conspired amongst yourselves to commit an offence, to wit concealing the proceeds of crime in the sum of N1,667,162,800(One Billion, Six Hundred and Sixty Seven Million, One Hundred and Sixty Two Thousand, Eight Hundred Naira ), and you thereby Committed an offence contrary to Section 18 (a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) ( Amendment) Act 2012 and punishable under Section 17(a) of the same Act.”

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