By Onozure Dania
LAGOS — SENIOR Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Dr. Waripamo Owei-Emmanuel Dudafa and others being tried over an alleged N5.1 billion fraud, yesterday, asked a Federal High Court, sitting in Lagos, to discharge and acquit them, saying they have no case to answer.
Iwejuo Joseph Nna, also known as Taiwo Ebenezer, and Olugbenga Isaiah, both made the same application.
The plea of the defendants was contained in a separate no-case- submission applications filed before the court.
Dudafa, Nna and some companies are currently standing trial before Justice Muhammed Idris, on a 15 count charge of N5.1 billion fraud preferred against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Charged alongside the defendants are the five incorporated companies, which are: Seagate Property Development & Investment Limited, Avalon Global Property Development Company Limited and Pluto Property Ltd Investment Company Limited and Rotate Interlink Services Limited.
The offences according to the prosecution are contrary to and punishable under sections 17(a), 18 (c), and 27 (3) (c) of the EFCC establishment Act 2004.
At the last adjourned date, the prosecution, through its counsel Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, had informed the court that it has closed its case against the two defendants.
However, at the resumed hearing of the matter, yesterday which was slated for the defendants to open their defence, their lawyers, A. Olufolaju, who stood in for Gboyega Oyewole, SAN, and Mr. Ige Asemudara, informed the court about their clients’ no-case-submission, which they said was brought pursuant to section 302, 303, 357 and 358 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015, and section 36 of the Nigerian Constitution, 1999, as amended.
Asemudara told the court that the applications have been served on the prosecution.
EFCC counsel Oyedepo confirmed receiving the application, and told the court that he needed time to respond to the application.
However, Justice Idris adjourned the matter till May 15, for hearing of the applications.