Dokpesi and N2.1b Money For Media Publicity, Bail Denied, To Remain In EFCC Custody

Raymond Dokpesi

Raymond Dokpesi

Not guilty, was the response of Chief Raymond Dokpesi at the Federal High after the six counts charges read to him filed by EFCC.

The charges, FHC/ABJ/CR/380/2015 and filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) indicated that Dokpesi is charged along with his company – Daar Holding and Investment Limited.

Charge 1. That you DR. RAYMOND DOKPESI and DAAR INVESTMENT AND HOLDING 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.

Charge 2. That you DR. RAYMOND DOKPESI and DAAR INVESTMENT AND HOLDING 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.

Charge 3. That you DR. RAYMOND DOKPESI and DAAR INVESTMENT AND HOLDING 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.

Charge 4. That you DR. RAYMOND DOKPESI and DAAR INVESTMENT AND HOLDING COMPANY LIMITED between October 2014 and 19th March, 2015 in Abuja, within the 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 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 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.

Charge 5. That you DR. RAYMOND DOKPESI and DAAR INVESTMENT AND HOLDING 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.

Charge 6. That you DR. RAYMOND DOKPESI and DAAR INVESTMENT AND HOLDING 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.

 

After all the drama today Thursday in court, presiding judge, Justice Kolawole adjourned the case to Monday, December 14.

The judge also ordered that the accused remain in the custody of the EFCC till the day of ruling.

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