By Innocent Anaba
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday, ordered Dr. Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, who is charged before the court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on alleged N1.6 billion fraud, to open his defence against the charge preferred against him, after dismissing his no case submission.
Trial judge, Justice Mohammed Idris, ordered Dudafa, former Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Domestic Affairs, alongside his co-accused, Iwejuo Joseph Nna, to open their defence to the allegation, while delivering ruling on the no-case-submission applications by the duo.
Dismissing the no-case-submission by Dudafa and Iwejuo, Justice Idris said: “The prosecution in this case called witnesses and tendered exhibits. The defendants will need to explain the content of the exhibits.
“At this stage, the question is if the court will believe the exhibits should not allowed. I am of the view that the defendants have some explanations to make on the alleged crimes.
“The no-case-submission of the defendants is hereby refused.”
Dudafa and Iwejuo, through their applications, had both urged the court to discharge and acquit him of alleged N1.6 billion fraud levelled against him by the EFCC.
The EFCC had arraigned Dudafa and Iwejuo Joseph Nna on 23 counts charge of conspiracy to conceal proceeds of crime amounting to over N1.6 billion on June 11, 2013.
Followed the dismissal of the no-case-submission and by agreement of the prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo, and lawyer to the defendants, Demola Adefolaju, who stood in for Gboyega Oyewole, SAN and Ige Asmudara, for the defendants, the matter was adjourned till August 20, for the defendants to open their case.