Ex-President Jonathan’s Aide Arrested At Lagos Airport

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Nigeria’s secret service agents, the Department of State Security, DSS, have arrested a former Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Domestic Matters, Waripamowei Dudafa, while attempting to travel out of the country through the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.

Dudafa was on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC’s wanted list for his alleged involvement in the sharing of N10 billion to delegates during the December 2014 presidential primaries of the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party.

Dudafa allegedly converted the money into US dollars, amounting to $47 million, and distributed to delegates from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

Investigators say they believe the fund was part of the alleged $2.1 billion meant for the purchase of arms but which authorities said was shared as slush funds to politicians through the office of a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

EFCC sources hinted that Dudafa was arrested and quizzed by the operatives of the State Security Service, SSS, before he was handed over to the anti-graft agency on Monday.

EFCC had recently arrested Jonathan’s Aide de Camp, Ojogbane Adegbe, allegedly on the directive of the Nigerian Army and later his ally, Jide Omokore, over a series of multi-billion dollar petrol import and crude export deals.

The SSS also arrested and later dismissed the ex-president’s Chief Security Officer, Gordon Obua, alongside the spokesperson of the agency, Marilyn Ogar and several others.

It would be reecalled that Dudafa was reportedly said to have parted ways with the former president’s wife, Patience Jonathan over his failed bid to secure the PDP ticket for the governorship posits in Bayelsa.

(Today)

 

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