Abuja - The fraud trial of former Chairman, DAAR Communications Plc, Raymond Dokpesi, will start in March following his re-arraignment at the Federal High Court in Abuja.
He appeared on Wednesday on a six-count charge bordering on alleged procurement fraud and breach of public trust to the tune of N2,1 billion.
His re-arraignment follows the reassignment of the case file by Justice Ibrahim Auta, Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, from Justice Gabriel Kolawole to the new judge.
Dokpesi, who was arraigned alongside his firm DAAR Investment and Holdings Ltd, owners of African Independent Television and Raypower, is alleged to have received N2, 1 billion from the Office of the National Security Adviser between October 2014 and March 2015.
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It is alleged he used the funds for the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential media campaign, an offence in breach of provisions of the Public Procurement Act, Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act and the EFCC Establishment Act.
He pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to him.
The defence counsel, Wole Olanipekun, prayed the court to grant the defendant bail on the same terms and conditions earlier granted by Justice Kolawole, which the trial judge acceded to.
Justice Tsoho, thereafter, adjourned the matter to March 2 and 3, for the commencement of trial.
- CAJ News