Alleged N2.1bn Fraud: Court Remands Dokpesi In EFCC Custody

Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday ordered the Founder of Daar Communications Plc, owner of the African Independent Television (AIT) and Raypower Radio, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, to be remanded in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), pending the determination of his bail application.

Dokpesi was docked on a 6-count criminal charge bordering on alleged N2.1bn breach of public trust and arms procurement.

He denied all the charges.

The business mogul has been in the custody of the anti graft agency in the past 8 days facing interrogation from operatives of the EFCC on the huge sums he allegedly collected in the office of the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki.

In the charge signed by Aliyu Yusuf, Deputy Director, Legal and Prosecution department of EFCC, the accused was alleged to have between October 2014 and March 2015 conducted procurement fraud by fraudulently receiving the sum of N2,120,000,000 through the account of Daar Investment and Holding Company for the funding of media activities for the 2015 presidential election campaign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The alleged offence is contrary to Section 58 (4) (b) of the Public Procurement Act 2007 and punishable under section 58 (6) and 7 of the same Act.

Part of the 6-count charge reads:

“that you Dr. Raymond Dokpesi and Daar Investment and Holding Company Limited between October 2014 and 19 March, 2015 in Abuja, conducted procurement fraud by means of fraudulent and corrupt act, to wit:

receipt of payment into the account of Daar Investment and Holding Company Limited with First Bank of Nigeria Plc. of public funds in the sum of N2,120,000,000 from the account of the office of National Security Adviser (NSA) with the Central Bank of Nigeria for the funding of media activities for the 2015 presidential election campaign for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 58 (4) (b) of the Public Procurement Act, 2007 and punishable under Section 58 (6) & (7) of the same Act”.

“That you Dr. Raymond Dokpesi and Daar Investment and Holding Company Limited between October 2014 and 19 March, 2015 in Abuja, entered into a purported contract on presidential media initiative and received payment in the sum of N2,120,000,000 into the account of Daar Investment and Holding Company Limited with First Bank of Nigeria Plc. from the account of the office of National Security Adviser (NSA) with the Central Bank of Nigeria on account of the purported contract without a “Certificate of No Objection to Contract Award” duly issued by Public Procurement Bureau and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 16 (1) (b), (4) & (5) of the Public Procurement Act, 2007 and punishable under Section 58 (6) of the same Act”.

“That you Dr. Raymond Dokpesi and Daar Investment and Holding Company Limited between 22 January and 19 March, 2015 in Abuja, knew that an aggregate sum of N2,120,000,000 directly represented the proceeds of criminal conduct of Col. Mohammed Sambo Dasuki (rtd) and Shuaibu Salisu who were National Security Adviser and the Director of Finance, Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) respectively to wit: criminal breach of trust in respect of the said amount, used the said property and you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 17 (b) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act, 2004”.

Following Dokpesi’s not guilty plea, his counsel, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, sought to move an application for his bail.

However, the prosecution counsel Mr. Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, objected, insisting that he had just been served with a copy of the bail application.

According to Jacobs, he needed time to study and react to the fundamental issues raised by the counsel to the accused person in the bail application.

Justice Kolawole fixed today for argument on whether to grant the bail to Dokpesi or not by consent of the two counsel.

The judge fixed January 17, 18 and February 2 and 3 2016 for trial.

Author: NewsAdmin

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