Iwejuo Joseph Nna, who is currently standing trial with a former Senior Special Assistant to ex-President Gooluck Jonathan on Domestic Affairs, Dr. Waripamo- Owei Dudafa, over alleged N1.6 billion fraud, has blamed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for his travail. He told Justice Mohammed Idris of a Federal High Court yesterday during his examination-in-chief by his lawyer, Ige Asemudara, that he was being prosecuted by the anti-graft agency because of his refusal to implicate Dudafa.
He said he was told by some EFCC’s operatives while investigations into the matter lasted that he was not the target but Dudafa and that he should fully show his cooperation.
“Upon my arrival at the office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), when I was invited, I was told by some EFCC’s operatives that I was not the target of their investigation but Dudafa.
“They added that if I cooperated with them, I will be left off the hook, but if I refused to implicate the first defendant (Dudafa), I will be prosecuted for the sins of another person. “I told them that I can’t understand what they mean and they ask me if I have a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) who would be ready to defend me and that I should be prepared for the consequences if I refused to cooperate”, he said.
Earlier, Dudafa while being cross-examined by EFCC’s lawyer, Rotimi Oyedepo, maintained that he collected $10 million from one Prince Arthur Eze, the chief launcher at a fundraising event for the former president’s church project on his boss directive.
“Between 2013 and 2015, I received a cumulative total sum of $10 million from Prince Arthur Eze, the chief launcher at a fund-raising for a church building project organized by former President Goodluck Jonathan.
“When Prince Eze started redeeming his pledge in piece-meal, the former president directed that I get somebody in the private sector that will be able to keep the fund. “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 keep Prince Eze’s money.
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