A former senior special assistant on domestic affairs to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, and Iwejuo Joseph Nna (alias Taiwo A. Ebenezer and Olugbenga Isaiah) have been granted bail.
They were admitted to bail on Tuesday by Justice M. B. Idris of the Federal High Court, Lagos after they pleaded not guilty to 23 counts of concealment and retention of proceeds of crime to the tune of over N1.67 billion.
The money was allegedly laundered through the accounts of Ebiwise Resources Limited, Avalon Global Property Development Company Limited, Rotato Inter-Link Services Limited and and Pluto Property & Investment Company Limited in a new generation bank, where the second defendant, Iwejuo was the accounts officer.
Ruling on the bail applications, Justice Idris admitted the first accused, Mr. Dudafa, to bail in the sum of N500 million with two sureties in like sum. The sureties shall be landed property owners within the jurisdiction of the court.
They are also to deposit the title documents to the court registry, while the documents are to be verified by the EFCC.
The sureties shall in addition, deposit three-year tax clearance certificates, while the first accused person is to deposit his international passport with the court.
The sureties shall file an affidavit of means which shall also be verified by the EFCC.
The second accused person was granted bail in the sum of N250 million with two sureties in like sum.
The sureties shall be landed property owners within the jurisdiction of the court, and deposit their title documents with the chief registrar of the court.
The title documents shall be verified by the EFCC. The accused person shall deposit his international passport with the court.
The judge adjourned the case till July 4 and 5, 2016 for trial.