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EFCC drags Dokpesi to Supreme Court over alleged N2.1bn corruption charges

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The Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee EFCC has dragged the founding father of Daar Communications, Raymond Dokpesi earlier than the Supreme Court docket searching for an order of the court docket to uphold the N2.1bn corruption prices it filed in opposition to the media big.

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The EFCC by way of its lead counsel, Mr Rotimi Jacobs, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria SAN is asking the apex court docket to revive the costs in opposition to Dokpesi for the continuation of his trial within the alleged cash laundering prices in opposition to him.

A discover of enchantment to that impact has been filed on the Supreme Court docket to problem the April 1st 2021 judgments of the Court docket of Attraction, Abuja division which voided and put aside the corruption prices.

Amongst different issues, the anti-graft company is claiming that the panel of the Court docket of Attraction which freed Dokpesi and terminated his trial, erred in regulation by holding that prima facie case was not established in opposition to Dokpesi on the closure of its case in opposition to the media big.

EFCC requested the apex court docket to put aside the choice of the Court docket of Attraction and order Dokpesi to return to the federal excessive court docket in Abuja for the continuation of his defence within the alleged N2.1bn contract rip-off.

One of many counsels to EFCC, Mr Oluwaleke Atolagbe confirmed to our correspondent that the anti-graft company has filed notices of enchantment in opposition to the judgment of the appellate court docket on the Supreme Court docket.

The Court docket of Attraction in Abuja had on Thursday, April 1 quashed the N2.1bn cash laundering prices filed in opposition to the founding father of DAAR Communications by EFCC.

The appellate court docket had upheld the no-case submission made by Dokpesi and DAAR Communications charged together with him within the seven-count legal cost.

In a judgment in an enchantment filed by Kanu Agabi (SAN) on behalf of Dokpesi, Justice Elfreda Oyebisi Williams-Dawodu held that the EFCC failed woefully to ascertain prima facie case in opposition to the appellant in all the costs

Justice Williams-Dawodu additional held that the components of the offences weren’t offered by the prosecution as required by regulation on the time it closed its case.

The appellate court docket agreed with Agabi that being a predicate offence, the components of the offences in opposition to the appellant have to be clearly offered, including that it’s clear that not one of the offences was established according to provisions of regulation.

The court docket additional held that EFCC did not show that the N2.1 billion allegedly obtained by the appellant as fee was a proceed of breach of belief.

Based mostly on the Court docket of Attraction verdict, Dokpesi, moved to the federal excessive court docket, Abuja asking it to make an order unfreezing his accounts and in addition launch his paperwork within the custody of the court docket.

Counsel to Dokpesi, Mr Kanu Agabi (SAN), in movement on discover advised the court docket that the frozen accounts and paperwork had been linked to the cash laundering allegation levelled in opposition to Dokpesi.

Agabi added that the Court docket of Attraction had since quashed the cost.

“My Lord, it’s a simple software and we’re ready to proceed if the court docket permits,” Agabi mentioned.

In the meantime, the Chief Decide of the federal excessive court docket, Justice John Tsoho has mounted Monday, July 19 for arguments by each events within the matter.

N2.1bn prices: Dokpesi flooring EFCC in Court docket of Attraction

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