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EFCC re-arraigns Dokpesi on amended charges in alleged N2.1 billion fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday re-arraigned the founder of DAAR Communications Plc, Dr. Raymond Dokpesi, at a Federal High Court, Abuja.

He was re-arraigned before Justice John Tsoho, on a seven-count charge bordering on alleged N2.1 billion payments from the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) Col. Sambo Dasuki, in 2015.

The defendant had earlier been arraigned before the court on a six-count charge.

When the seven amended charges were read to him, Dokpesi pleaded not guilty.

One of the amended charges bordered on breach of public trust and procurement fraud.

The Director, Legal and Prosecution department of the EFCC, Chile Okoroma, signed the amended charges, dated May 9.

In the charge, among others, Dokpesi was alleged to have, between January 22, 2015, and March 18, 2015, directly took control of an aggregate sum of N2.1 billion paid into the account of DAAR Investment and Holding Company Limited with the First Bank of Nigeria Plc.

The money was allegedly moved from the account of the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

The charge reads in part: “Which sum you reasonably ought to have known to be a proceed of an unlawful act of Sambo Dasuki (rtd), the then NSA to wit, criminal breach of trust and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15 (2) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15 (2) and (4) of the same Act.”

Continuing in the proceedings yesterday, the 13th prosecution witness, Ayobami Oluwarinu, explained the role of his two companies in an alleged N60.1 million contract that he executed on trust for Dopkesi

Justice Tsoho adjourned the matter till May 28, for continuation of trial.

Meanwhile, a Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday dismissed an application filed by Mrs. Olarewaju Otiti.

Otiti is a co-defendant in the N650m fraud charge leveled against the former Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Jumoke Akinjide by the EFCC.


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