Don’t Use My Statements to EFCC to Try Me, Former Aide to Jonathan Pleads with Judge

Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, a former Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, who is facing charges for alleged fraud amounting to N5.1bn, told a Federal High Court, Lagos, Monday, that the statements he made to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) upon which he is being tried for corruption were false.
He thus pleaded with the Judge not to use the statements to try him.
The former aide to Ex-President Jonathan told Justice Mohammed Idris, before who he is being tried that the statements he made to EFCC were misrepresentation of the actual situation of things, saying he was cajoled by the anti-graft agency to make them.
He stated: “After the 13th of May, 2016, they took me back to the cell and they continued taking me out each day so that I could go through agony.
“In the cell, I was isolated. I was not treated like any other detainee. All other detainees had access to their phones and food but me. My family members were stopped from bringing food to me and I accused the EFCC of planning to poison me.
“They wanted to break me down, to make me implicate some people. They asked me questions about former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan; they said I was not their targets and made all sorts of overtures but I said over my dead body,” Dudafa said.
Dudafa narrated how he got his spinal cord dislocated in the EFCC cell and that he now limps, adding that the condition deteriorated because the EFCC allegedly shunned the recommendation of the military hospital to transfer him to a specialist for treatment.
“The ailment I have today, a spinal cord dislocation, I want to state that it was within that period of torture and agony that my spinal cord got dislocated for sitting all through from morning till night and no one would talk to you, it was excruciating.”
He claimed that the EFCC also rejected the offer by his family to take him out for treatment and foot the bill.
He claimed that by the time they had frozen all his bank accounts, that of his wife and his children and he could not pay the tuition of his child studying in the US, while he was still in serious pain due to his dislocated spinal cord, he succumbed to pressure to make the statements they requested from him.
He said after being detained for many weeks he was taken before the EFCC’s Deputy Director of Operations, Iliyasu Kwarbai, who threatened and then made overtures to him that he would be released if he cooperated.
“Eventually I had no objection to what he said, because I needed my freedom.
“I was dying at that time; my son was stranded in the university; my wife and children were hungry, everything became a yardstick to my freedom.
“These statements were largely dictated based on my freedom. The entire so-called asset declaration is a sham.
“I want to conclude that it will be unfair to use these statements against me. These statements that they themselves orchestrated and teleguided is what they want to use against me in a court of law? It was bad.
“Statements that were made under such dehumanising, agonising conditions are what they want to use against me in the temple of justice,” Dudada said.
The trial continues on Tuesday.

Author: News Editor

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