How I Paid N1.2bn into Dokpesi’s Account – Witness

A prosecution witness, Salisu Shuaibu Abdulahi, Tuesday, narrated how media mogul Chief Raymond Dokpesi got N2.1bn from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) without contract.
Testifying before the court, Abdulahi, a former Director of Finance and Administration, ONSA, who was led in evidence by prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) told the court that the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd) gave him Dokpesi’s phone number and ordered payment into his account at different times.
“I was in the ONSA when he gave me the telephone number of Dokpesi that I should call him to give me an account number so that I can pay money into the account which is N500m
“When i called him i introduced myself and told him what the then National Security Adviser, Col.Dasuki said and he promised to send his account details through his personal assistant, who I can’t remember her name
“When his PA brought his personal account I noticed that the account detail is the personal account of the first defendant and so I called him and told him that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) will not pay money into a personal account, it has to be a company’s account
“He now promised to get back to me and the next day his personal assistant came back with Daar Communication’s First Bank account from where I collected it and made the payment mandate for the NSA signature as directed by him.
“When I asked the purpose, the NSA did not give him any, so I have to develop reason to enable the CBN make the payment.
“I developed the reason “media campaign” the NSA did not give me reason for the payment” Salisu insisted.
“After preparing the mandate, I took it to the NSA for signature, he was satisfied and he signed it and I signed my own part and took it to the CBN
“There was no contract between ONSA and Dokpesi’s company.
“Sometimes, the NSA called me to pay the sum of N500m into Daar Communications Ltd account, I already have the account and I paid.
“After preparing the payment mandate, I took it to the NSA for his signature as usual, from where I now take it to the CBN for payment.
“In the same February, I was called by the NSA to make additional payment of N620m, which I did, following the normal process.
“Again, in March 2015, the NSA called me and said we are making additional N500m into the account of Daar Communications and Holdings Ltd. I prepared the mandate, took it to the NSA who approved and put his signature. I took the mandate to the CBN for payment.
“I counter signed those four payment mandates in my capacity as Director, Administration and Finance, ONSA.
“The total amount was N2.1bn and I developed the “reason” because for the CBN to make any payment, there must be a “reason” for it.The NSA did not give me any reason
While cross examined by defence counsel, Chief Wole Olanipekun(SAN), he admitted not making refrence to the first and second defendant particularly from pages 83-104
When he was asked whether ONSA is a an entity under the procurment Act, he said no
The matter was adjourned till February 7 and 8 of Feburary 2017 for continuation of trial.
DokDokpesi is being tried by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commissions (EFCC) over the alleged N2.1bn fraud before Justice John Tsoho of Federal High Court, Abuja.

Author: News Editor

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