Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s former Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs, Dr. Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, on Monday revealed that the sum of N1.6billion which the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) linked to him were not proceed of fraud, but part of the money realized from a fundraiser organized in 2013 by the Anglican Communion of Otuoke Community.
He noted that he was not guilty of any criminal act as alleged by the anti-graft, adding that the fundraiser was towards the building of the St. Stephen’s Youth Development Centre in Otuoke, the hometown of Ex-President Jonathan.
The EFCC had accused Dudafa and his account officer, Joseph Iwuejo at Heritage Bank, of conspiring to perpetrate a fraud of N1.6billion.
Dudafa who spoke at the Federal High Court in Lagos, said that Prince Arthur Eze pledged $10million (N1.8billion) at the fundraiser which took place in Lagos.
The former Jonathan’s aide who was led in evidence by his lawyer, Mr. Adegboyega Oyewole (SAN), said that; from his interaction with former President Goodluck Jonathan, I know that the funds were proceeds of a fundraiser that was conducted by the Anglican Communion of Otuoke Community for the building of the St. Stephens Youth Development Centre, Otuoke.”
“The launching, which was done in Lagos on the 16th of March, 2013, was organised by the former President as a member of the Anglican Communion and the grand patron.
“About N6bn was realised from the event. Several persons made various donations at the event while the chief launcher, Prince Arthur Eze, donated $10m (about N1.8bn). The donation by the chief launcher was a pledge which he promised to fulfil in piecemeal.
“When Prince Eze started redeeming his pledge in piecemeal, the former President directed that I got somebody in the private sector that would be able to keep the funds.
“I then brought in a friend, Somprie Omiebi, who later opened an account with a bank in Bayelsa. The naira denominated account was opened to receive Prince Eze’s money.
“Anytime Prince Eze brought any money, the former President would direct that I link up with a Bureau de Change operator who would remit the money directly to the account opened by Somprie Omiebi.
“The companies listed in the charge are not known to me and I am not a signatory to their accounts. I am also not a director.
“I know Somprie Omiebi as someone in the private sector that brought those accounts and the companies to the former President and his wife for the safekeeping of their money. Omiebi is the only person that knows the details of the various accounts.”