N5.1bn armsgate: Court ends trial inside trial in Dudafa’s case

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A Federal High Court sitting Lagos, yesterday concluded trial-within-trial in the alleged N5.1 billion fraud charge against Warampo Owei-Dudafa, an ex-aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is prosecuting Dudafa alongside one Joseph Iwejuo on 23-counts of conspiracy and concealment of crime proceeds.
They had pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The judge had ordered the conduct of the trial-within-trial to determine whether the statements written by Dudafa and his co-accused,  Iwejuo Joseph Nna, at the  commission’s office were voluntarily made or not.
At the resumed hearing of the case, yesterday,  Dudafa’s co-accused,   (Iwejuo Joseph Nna), concluded his evidence insisting that his statements at the EFCC’s office were written under duress.
Under cross examination by EFCC’s lawyer, Mr Idris Mohammed, the accused said that even though he was granted administrative bail he was never allowed to go home.

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