N2.1bn Fraud: Dokpesi’s Trial Stalled

The trial of former Chairman of DAAR Communications Plc, Raymond Dokpesi, before a Federal High Court Abuja, could not not go ahead on Tuesday because prosecution witness in the case did not come to court.
When the case was called, the prosecuting counsel, O.A. Atolagbe, requested that the matter be stood down since the witness as well as the lead prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, were on their way.
When Jacobs eventually arrived the court few minutes after, he told the court that he was not with the witness. He pleaded for few minutes as he said the witness was very close to the court.
But defence counsel, Kanu Agabi, would not have that. Rather he craved the indulgence of the court for an adjournment.
Both counsels later agreed that the matter be adjourned because the prosecuting was not clock sure the witness will be in court.
The presiding judge, John Tsoho, said that he had hoped the trial would commence since he was earlier told that the prosecution had prepared a witness.
The judge said he had hoped the witness would begin his testimony, but since he was yet to arrive the court, he adjourned the matter till March 29 and 30.
Dokpesi and his company are facing charges bordering on receiving N2.1bn from the office of the office National Security Adviser and from former NSA, Col.Sambo Dasuki (retd), to erstwhile President, Goodluck Jonathan.

Author: News Editor

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