Since the inception of the Buhari administration in 2015, the anti-corruption war has been in our faces. From the national dailies to the television stations, there has hardly been a day without an update or the other on a corruption case. But it seemed it was all for show, as for the past 18 months, no one has actually been convicted for corruption.
However, that has now changed. The Buhari administration now has its first conviction for a corruption case as yesterday, four companies allegedly used by Waripamo-owei Emmanuel Dudafa, a former Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan to siphon 15 million US dollars were convicted by a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.
Justice Babs Keuwunmi, who presided over the case, pronounced all the four companies guilty as charged. “In view of the facts stated by the prosecutor, and based on the evidence tendered and based on the agreement of the companies’ directors. The prosecution has proved its case beyond reasonable doubt. The companies are found guilty in count 2,3,4,5,6,7,8, and 9.” Keuwunmi pronounced.
However, sentencing of the convicted parties was postponed as Keuwunmi wanted to prevent prejudice against other defendants in the suit namely, former Special Assistant to President Jonathan, Waripamo-owei Dudafa, a lawyer, Amajuoyi Azubike Briggs, and Adedamola Bolodeoku, a senior Staff of Skye Bank Plc.
The convicted companies are luto Property and Investment Development Company Limited, Seagate Property and Investment Development Company Limited, Transoceanic Property and Investment Development Company Limited, and Avalon Property and Investment Development Company Limited.
They were represented by their directors Friday Davis, Agbo Baro, Kola Fredrick and Taiwo Ebenezer and China John. The matter has been adjourned till December 16, for continuation of trial of the three other accused persons.