Thursday, 10 December 2015

Arms deal: Dokpesi remanded in EFCC custody (Photo)

A Federal High Court in Abuja has remanded the founder of Daar Communications and Investment Plc Raymond Dokpesi in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) pending the hearing of his bail application today.
Dokpesi was arraigned on a six counts charge of receiving N2.1 billion from the office of the former National Security Adviser (NSA) for media coverage for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) between October 2014 and March 19, 2015.
According to the prosecution led by Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), Dokpesi, who was arraigned with Daar Communications and Investment Holding Company, entered into a purported contract and received payment of N2.1 billion through the First Bank PLC without a certificate of No Objection duly issued by Public Procurement Bureau. The prosecution also alleged that Dokpesi made a proposal under a Presidential Media Initiative contract worth N2.1 billion received through First Bank PLC without any competition bidding. 

The two were further alleged to have knowledge the amount was proceed of criminal conduct, criminal breach of trust by the office of the NSA, then headed by retired Col. Sambo Dasuki and Shu’aibu Salisu, a former Director of Finance at the NSA office.
The prosecution claimed the offences are punishable under sections 58(4) (c), 58 (b) and 58 (6) of the Public Procurement Act and section 17(b) of the EFCC Act.
Dokpesi however pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Justice Gabriel Kolawole fixed an application for bail by defence counsels Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN) and Mike Ozekhome (SAN) for hearing today. He adjourned trial to February 17, 18 and March 2 and 3, 2016.


Source: Daily trust

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