The detained aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, has petitioned the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, alleging that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is trying to force him to implicate former First Lady, Patience Jonathan.
Dudafa has been in EFCC detention after he was arrested in connection with money laundering allegations and concealment of proceeds of crime.
According to Dudafa, the EFCC has refused to release him even after he was granted bail by two courts where he is standing trial and after meeting the bail conditions becuase of their dsperation to have him implicate Mrs Jonathan.
“My only sin is that I have refused to yield to the commission’s pressure to write false statements to incriminate the former first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan,” he said.
Continuing, the former presidential aide said despite the stringent bail conditions handed him, the EFCC has refused to abide by the order of the courts.
He futher informed the NHRC in his petition that his lawyer has mde several efforts to deposit his international passport with the anti-graft agency without success, adding that the agency also refused to verify the land documents submitted by his sureties for the past two months
“From the above facts, it has become obvious that the EFCC is desperate to keep him perpetually in prison with the ultimate aim of killing him in prison despite the fact that his deteriorating state of health has been made known to the EFCC through a medical report dated August 29, 2016, and issued by the Nigerian Prison Service, Ikoyi, Lagos,” the petition said.
He therefore appealed to the NHRC to intervene on his behalf and checkmate the arbitrary use of power and disregard for court orders by the EFCC.
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