Dokpesi Gets a Breather, Granted Bail Dasuki, Others Arranged

High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, Chairman, DAAR Communication got a breather from the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court this afternoon.
He was granted bail to the tune of N400milion with tough conditions.
The trial judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole, who granted the bail, ordered Dokpesi who is facing a six-count criminal charge, to produce two sureties who must deposit N200m each.
The court said that one of the sureties must be a public servant, either serving or retired, not below the level of a Director, while the second surety may be an entrepreneur who must submit three years tax clearance.
Justice Kolawole held that either of the two sureties must tender title deeds of a landed property in any part of Nigeria, the value of which must not be below N200milion.
The sureties, the court said must depose to an affidavit of means, submit two recent passport photographs to the Deputy Chief Registrar, DCR, Administration, of he high court.
Dokpesi further directed to surrender his international passport, “If already in custody of the EFCC, it should be delivered to the ‎DCR of the Federal High Court in charge of Litigation”
Dokpesi is to be remanded in prison custody pending the perfection of the bail conditions.
Chief Dokpesi is arranged with ‎his firm, DAAR Investment and Holdings Ltd, owners of African Independent Television, AIT, and Raypower FM.
EFCC, in the charge signed by its Deputy Director, Legal and Prosecution, Mr. Aliyu Yusuf,‎ alleged that Dokpesi received about N2.1billion from the office of the National Security Adviser, NSA, for PDP’s ‎presidential media campaign.‎
‎According to the charge, the funds were released to the accused persons ‎between October 2014 and March 19, 2015.
The funds were allegedly transferred from an account the ‎office of NSA operated with the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN‎, to a FirstBank‎ of Nigeria Plc‎ account owned by DAAR Investment and Holding Company Limited‎
The prosecution maintained that the transaction was in breach of ‎section 58 (4) (b) of the Public Procurement Act 2007 and punishable under section 58 (6) and 7 of the same Act, as well as under section 17 (b) of the EFCC Act, 2004.
Dokpesi had since pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Kolawole said Dokpesi should not be rearrested for questioning for morre than necessary any time the EFCC plans to continue with the investigation.
“It should be no more than 10am to 6pm, any day,” the judge directed.
Dokpesi is to be remanded in Kuje prison till the bail conditions are met, the judge said.
February 17, 18 and March 2 and 3, 2016, have been slated to begin full-blown hearing on the matter.
Meanwhile, the immediate past National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, and three other persons were this morning docked by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Dasuki; a former Director of Finance at the Office of National Security Adviser, Shuaibu Salisu; a former General Manager at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Aminu Babakusa; and a firm, Acacia Holdings, were docked at the Federal High Court Abuja on a 19-count charge bordering on money laundering and criminal breach of trust.
All the accused persons pleaded not guilty.
One of the counts reads: “That you, Col. Mohammed Dasuki( rtd.), whist being the National Security Adviser and Shuaibu Salisu, whilst being the Director of Finance and Administration in the Office of the National Security Adviser, and Hon. Warripamowei Dudafa (now at large), whilst being Senior Special Assistant, Domestic Affairs to the President, on or about 27 November, 2014 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court entrusted with dominion over certain properties, to wit: the sum of N10, 000,000,000( Ten Billion Naira) being part of the funds in the account of the National Security Adviser with the Central Bank of Nigeria( CBN), the equivalent of which sum you received from the Central Bank of Nigeria in foreign currency to wit: $47,000,000(Forty-Seven Million United States Dollars) and 5.6 million Euros, committed criminal breach of trust in respect of the said property when you claimed to have distributed same to the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) presidential primary election delegates and you thereby committed an offence punishable under section 315 of the Penal Code Act, Cap 532, Vol.4 LFN 2004.”
Another count reads: “That you, Col. Muhammed Dasuki(rtd.), whilst being the National Security Adviser, and Shuaibu Salisu, whilst being the Director of Finance and Administration in the Office of the National Security Adviser between October, 2014 and April, 2015 in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court agreed to do an illegal act to wit: criminal breach of trust by public officers in respect of an aggregate sum of N13, 570, 000,000.00 (Thirteen Billion, Five Hundred and Seventy Million) being part of the funds in the account of the office of the National Security Adviser and that the same act was done in pursuance of the agreement among you and you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 97 of the Penal Code Act, Cap 532, Vol.4, LFN 2004.
The accused persons pleaded not guilty.

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