How ONSA Paid Dokpesi N2.1bn – Witness

The trial of former Chairman of Daar Communications, Raymond Dokpesi, over the alleged N2.1bn bribery, Wednesday, continued when a staff of First Bank, Mrs Zainab Ibrahim – Kokobili told the court how the Edo high Chief got N2.1bn from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).
The third prosecution witness, Mrs Ibrahim – Kokobili , who said she was the manager of Dokpesi’s account right from 2014, explained how the money was paid into the said account.
Led in evidence by the prosecuting counsel, Oluwaleke Atolagbe, the witness said the money was paid by ONSA into the account of Daar Investments and Holdings Limited’s First Bank account four times.
Testifying, Ibrahim-Kokobili told the court that she had been Daar Investments and Holding Limited’s account officer at First Bank since November 2014.
The witness, who read from the company’s statement of account, said N2.12bn was paid into the account in four tranches of N500m, N500m, N620m and N500m between January and March 2015.

The witness said the balance on the company’s account was N113,885.28 before the first tranche of N500m was paid into the account on January 22, 2015.
Ibrahim-Kokobili said, “January 22, 2015 – RTGS, being payment by ONSA: N500m. It was a credit.
“Before the payment of N500m, the balance on the account was N113,885.28.
“February 4, 2015 – RTGS, being payment by ONSA: N500m.
Under cross-examination by the defence counsel, Kanu Agabi, the witness said she didn’t consider anything wrong with the payment until she was invited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Justice John Tsoho adjourned until May 24 and 25, 2017 for further trial.
The charges against Dokpesi read:
“That you Dr. Raymond Dokpesi and DAAR Investment and Holdings Company Limited between October 2014 and 19th March, 2015 in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, 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 (Two Billion, One Hundred and Twenty Million Naira) from the account of the office of National Security Adviser 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 Holdings Company Limited between October 2014 and 19th March, 2015 in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court entered into a purported contract on presidential media initiative and received payment in the sum of N2,120,000,000 (Two Billion, One Hundred and Twenty Million Naira) 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 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 Holdings Company Limited between October 2014 and 19th March, 2015 in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court. entered into a purported contract on presidential media initiative and received payment in the sum of N2,120,000,000 (Two Billion, One Hundred and Twenty Million Naira) 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 with the Central Bank of Nigeria on account of the purported contract without any open competitive bidding for the said contract and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 16 (1)(c) & (d) 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 Holdings Company Limited between October 2014 and 19th March, 2015 in Abuja, within the UK jurisdiction of this Honourable Court submitted a purported proposal for the contract on presidential media initiative and received payment in the sum of N2,120,000,000 (Two Billion, One Hundred and Twenty Million Naira) into the account K Daar Investment and Holding Company Limited with First Bank of Nigeria Plc from the account of the office of National Security Adviser with the Central Bank of Nigeria on account of the purported cont1act without a written and comprehensive request to you by the Federal Government of Nigeria and you thereby committed an offence contrary to sections 45 (3) and 46 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 Holdings Company Limited between 22nd January, 2015 and 19th March, 2015 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, took control of the sum of N2,120,000, 000 (Two Billion, One Hundred and Twenty Million Naira) paid 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 with the Central Bank of Nigeria which sum you reasonably ought to have known was a proceed of an unlawful act to wit: fund obtained from corruption and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) & (4) of the same Act.
“That you Dr. Raymond Dokpesi and DAAR Investment and Holdings Company Limited between 22nd January, 2015 and 19th March, 2015 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, knew that an aggregate sum of N2,120,000,000 (Two Billion, One Hundred and Twenty Million Naira) directly represented the proceeds of criminal conducts 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 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.”

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