EFCC Denies Accusations Of Starvation By Ex-president’s Aide

Acting EFCC chairman Ibrahim Magu/Photo: NAN

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday denied accusations of starving Dr Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, a former aide of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

During his trial, Dudafa accused the EFCC of tormenting him in a bid to get him to turn on his former boss, the ex-president. He said he lost such privileges as visits from relatives and also food.

He said: “It is not correct that I had access to relatives, who brought food for me.” Dudafa said.

However, upon cross-examination, counsel for the prosecution, Rotimi Oyedepo presented evidence to the contrary. He showed records of Dudafa’s visitors and the gifts, usually food items, that they brought for him.

According to the records presented, one Okebuwa brought food items to Dudafa in detention, including rice, chips, meatpie, chickenpie and unripe plantain. The same person brought more food items for the next three days.

The food items were not confiscated nor was the visitor disallowed from seeing Dudafa.

More days were listed with the attendant food items deivereed.

When Dudafa was asked to confirm the veracity or not of the evidence by the judge, his reply was “I don’t know.”

The trial has been adjourned to February 21.

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