There was a momentary hush inside the courtroom after a representative of Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited, the first of the four companies involved in a $26 million money laundering case linked to former First Lady, Patience Jonathan, abruptly pleaded guilty before the judge.
The representatives of the other three companies – Sea Gate Property Development and Investment Company Limited; Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Limited; and Avalon Global Property Development Company Limited – followed suit and pleaded guilty before Justice Babivision of the Federal High Court.
Waripamo Dudafa, who served as Special Adviser on Domestic Affairs to former President Goodluck Jonathan; Amajuoyi Briggs, a former presidential aide; and Adedamola Bolodeoku, a former Skye Bank official, who were arraigned alongside the companies, however, pleaded not guilty.
The judge adjourned till September 27th for trial.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission arraigned the suspects on a 15-count amended charge of money laundering, stealing, and forgery totalling $15.5 million before Mr. Kuewumi.
According to the EFCC, the offences were committed between November 2013 and May 2015.
In Count 1, the suspects were accused of conspiring to launder $15.5 million “on or about the 13th of November 2013.”
Counts 2 – 9 accused them of stealing of various sums ranging from $250,000 to $1.2 million.