The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has approached the Court of Appeal to nullify the ruling of Justice Mohammed Idris of the Lagos Federal High Court in the case of Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s aide, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa.
Justice Idris had ruled that Dudafa and Joseph Iwuejo, his co-defendant, were not guilty of the N1.6billion charges brought against them by the anti-graft.
According to the judge, the EFCC failed to prove the charges against them because it failed to call vital witnesses.
The judge further noted that the EFCC should have called witnesses like; Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Ex-National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, etc.
The anti-graft however noted that it couldn’t have called the ex-president, CBN governor or Dasuki because they were partners in the crime, adding that it did not consider those listed by the judge as witnesses.
EFCC further added that it was not under any legal obligation to prove facts already admitted by the respondents.
Consequently, the EFCC in its appeal against the judgement of Justice Idris noted that he erred in law and occasioned serious miscarriage of justice in declaring not-guilty Dudafa.
The anti-graft further urged the Court of Appeal to convict Dudafa and his co-defendant according to the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011.
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.