GEJ instructed his aide to take 10 suitcases of hard currency into his inner room – EFCC

– An EFCC investigator has told a Federal High Court how GEJ directed his then-aide to receive 10 suitcases of hard currency from his ADC, and keep them in his inner room

– According to the investigator, the event was narrated in a written statement by the former aide

– The money reportedly emanated from the Office of the National Security Adviser; headed at the time by Sambo Dasuki

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos was informed by an investigator with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Orji Chukwuma, that former President Goodluck Jonathan instructed his former Special Adviser on Domestic Affairs, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, to receive 10 suitcases from his ADC and to keep them in the presidential bedroom, Daily Trust reports.

The anti-graft agency has arraigned the former aide and his one-time account officer in Heritage Bank, Joseph Iwuejo, on 23-counts bordering on conspiracy and money laundering. gathers that they are alleged to have laundered various sums of money running into about N5.1bn between June 2013 and June 2015, using various companies as fronts.

The companies used to carry out the alleged crimes are Avalon Global Property Development Company Limited, Ebiwise Resources, Ibejige Services Limited, DeJakes Fast Food & Restaurant Nigeria Limited, Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited, Rotate Interlink Services Limited and Seagate Property Development & Investment Limited.

The EFCC further claims that the money was gotten from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), which was headed by Colonel Sambo Dasuki (retd.) at the time.

During cross examination before Justice Mohammed Idris, the EFCC investigator stated that the former aide had written a statement disclosing how he was instructed by Jonathan to receive the 10 suitcases, all containing hard currency, from the ADC.

Orji stated that the statement read in part: “Sometime in 2014, I was called by the president. He instructed that I should wait for the ADC who handed over to me 10 bags as directed by the president.

“I received the 10 bags and dropped it in the inner room.”

The defendants however pled not guilty to the charges; and the case was subsequently adjourned till March 16.

The disclosure was made by the acting chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, at the office of the BBC Hausa service in London.

Several officials who served during the Jonathan administration have been under the radar of the anti-graft agency; while some have been arrested and are facing charges.