The four companies charged with money laundering, alongside a former Special Adviser on Domestic Affairs to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, have pleaded guilty to the offence.
The companies were charged before a federal high court in Lagos on Thursday by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) alongside Dudafa; a lawyer, Amajuoyi Briggs; and a banker, Adedamola Bolodeoku; and were accused of laundering a sum of $15.6 million on or about November 13, 2013.
The money in contention has already been claimed by Patience Jonathan, the wife of Nigeria’s former president Goodluck Jonathan, who has sued the EFCC in court for freezing the accounts of the companies.
The EFCC told the court that the money was the proceeds of theft.
Although the four companies – Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited; Seagate Property Development & Investment Co. Limited; Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Limited; and Avalon Global Property Development Company Limited – pleaded guilty, none of the other accused persons did same.
Dudafa, Briggs and Bolodeoku all pleaded not guilty to the amended 15 counts pressed against them by the EFCC.