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I’m not aware Jonathan withdrew $47m from CBN —Aide

A former Special Assistant to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on Domestic Affairs, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, on Monday denied receiving a bag containing of $47m on behalf of his principal.

Dudafa disagreed with the suggestion by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission that the money was contained in a bag which one Col. Adegbe handed over to him to deliver to Jonathan.

The ex-presidential aide said he knew nothing about the foreign currency which the EFCC claimed was withdrawn from the Central Bank of Nigeria on Jonathan’s instructions by the then National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.).

The exchange between Dudafa and EFCC’s lawyer, Rotimi Oyedepo, took place before the Federal High Court in Lagos, where the EFCC is seeking the permanent forfeiture of the sums of $8.4m and N9.2bn said to have been recovered from Jonathan’s wife, Patience.

Patience, through her lawyers, Chief Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN) and Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), challenged the interim forfeiture order up to the Supreme Court.

However, the apex court on March 15 rejected Patience’s plea that the interim forfeiture order be reversed.

Rather, the highest court in the land ordered her to return to the Federal High Court in Lagos to give the judge reasons why the funds should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.

In a bid to recover the funds, Patience called Dudafa as a witness.

In his testimony before the court on Monday, Dudafa told the court that the funds found in the bank account of a firm, Globus Integrated Services Limited, were not proceeds of crime but cash gifts received on various occasions by Patience while her husband was in office.

Ogboru, however, said he did not know when Patience stopped collecting salary as a Permanent Secretary.

Justice Olatoregun adjourned further proceedings till May 24.

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