Dokpesi In Court To Answer Fresh Fraud Charges

Media owner Raymond Dokpesi was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday for breaching Procurement Law. He was alleged to have received N2.1bn from former national security adviser Sambo Dasuki. Dokpesi, a chieftain of the out-of-power Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had described the allegation as hogwash and mere smokescreen by the incumbent administration to clamp opposition figures into detention. Dokpesi appeared before Justice John Tsoho of the federal high court, Abuja to answer to the fresh six-court charge, similar to an earlier one he faces before Justice Gabriel Kolawole in December 2015. He pleaded not guilty and was allowed to maintain an earlier bail granted him during his previous arraignment. Justice Tsoho adjourned the case till 2 and 3 March for commencement of trial. Dokpesi and Dasuki are among persons being prosecuted for stealing and laundering funds meant to procure arms for the military, which battles Boko Haram insurgents in Nigeria’s north-east. 

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