Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, ex- Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs to former President Goodluck Jonathan, has pleaded with the Lagos Federal High Court not to judge his case based on a series of statements he wrote while in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
Dudafa, who is facing legal battles in his involvement with an alleged fraud of N5.1bn, told Justice Mohammed Idris, that making use of those statements, he claimed were written under duress would occasion injustice against him.
In his words, he was subjected to dehumanizing treatments following his lock up by the anti-graft agency, which gave him no option other than to write and sign the statements against his will in order to secure his freedom.
“After the 13th of May, 2016, they took me back to the cell and they continued taking me out each day so that I could go through agony.
“In the cell, I was isolated. I was not treated like any other detainee. All other detainees had access to their phones and food but me. My family members were stopped from bringing food to me and I accused the EFCC of planning to poison me.
“They wanted to break me down, to make me implicate some people. They asked me questions about former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan; they said I was not their targets and made all sorts of overtures but I said over my dead body,” Dudafa said.
Earlier, Dudafa, also claimed to have dislocated his spinal cord while in the EFCC cell.
“The ailment I have today, a spinal cord dislocation, I want to state that it was within that period of torture and agony that my spinal cord got dislocated for sitting all through from morning till night and no one would talk to you, it was excruciating.”
He also claimed that EFCC rejected offers made by his family to take him out for fully paid for treatment but was refused, adding that they also froze all his bank accounts, making it difficult to pay his child’s fees abroad.
“Eventually I had no objection to what he said, because I needed my freedom.
“I was dying at that time; my son was stranded in the university; my wife and children were hungry, everything became a yardstick to my freedom.
“These statements were largely dictated based on my freedom. The entire so-called asset declaration is a sham.
“I want to conclude that it will be unfair to use these statements against me. These statements that they themselves orchestrated and teleguided is what they want to use against me in a court of law? It was bad.
“Statements that were made under such dehumanising, agonising conditions are what they want to use against me in the temple of justice,” Dudada said.
Justice Idris adjourned till Tuesday (today) for continuation of cross-examination.