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EFCC charges Dokpesi for money laundering



Reform or die, Dokpesi cautions PDP

The Federal Government on Tuesday filed money laundering and breach of public procurement against media proprietor, High Chief Raymond Dokpesi.

The charges were filed before the Federal high Court, Abuja.

Ripples gathered that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) also filed six counts charges against Dokpesi in a suit marked FHC/ABJ/CR/380/2015.

He was charged along with his company – Daar Holdings and Investment Limited.

Dokpesi is the second person to be charge among some highly placed Nigerians accused of involvement in the mismanagement funds meant for the purchase of military wares under the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

Also a former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Mohammed Dasuki is being tried before the Federal High Court, Abuja for illegal possession of firearms and money laundering.

Dokpsi, who is currently on bail from the EFCC, was last Friday ordered to be produced by Justice Gabriel Kolawole (also of the Federal High Court, Abuja)

The order followed an ex-parte application by Dokpesi, who claimed to have been unlawfully detained beyond 48 hours by the EFCC. The judge, who heard Dokpesi’s lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) in chambers, ordered the EFCC to produce Dokpesi before his court on the next hearing date of December 14.

Ozekhome, who told journalists what happened in the judge’s chambers, said the judge also ordered the EFCC to show cause why he should not grant Dokpesi’s prayer for unconditional or conditional bail.

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Dokpesi had, in the application, prayed for an order compelling the respondent to produce the applicant who is presently in its custody or any other place of detention before the court on the date the application comes up for hearing.

He also sought an order admitting the applicant to bail on self recognisance or on such favourable and liberal terms as the court may deem fit to make in the circumstances of the case, pending the formal arraignment of the applicant before a court of law.

He hinged his prayers on the ground that no formal charge has been brought against him, over 48 hours after his detention.

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