The Federal High Court in Lagos has discharged and cleared Dr. Waripamo Owei-Dudafa, the ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s aide, of an alleged N1.6billion fraud charge.
Justice Mohammed Idris declared that EFCC failed to prove any of the 22-count charges beyond reasonable doubt against Owei-Dudafa and a Heritage Bank worker Joseph Iwejuo.
He stated the anti-graft agency’s case was “based on suspicions” but that suspicions “cannot take the place of legal evidence”
Justice Idris also noted that the EFCC failed to call important witnesses, including Jonathan and former NSA Sambo Dasuki, who could have eased its case.
The judge recorded that a particular vital witness, Sompre Omeibi, who could have connected the defendants to the offenses, was not asked to testify. “Why did the prosecution fail to call Sompre Omiebi to testify?” the judge wondered.
The court also terminated the EFCC’s claim that the bags delivered by Dudafa to Jonathan contained dollars. Justice Idris held that there was no proof for that.
“How did the prosecution know that the bags contained dollars?” the judge wondered again. He said the Prosecution failed to carry out a proper investigation.