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Dokpesi remanded in EFCC custody

JUSTICE Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered that the Chairman of Daar Communications PLC, Chief Raymond Dokpesi be remanded in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) pending the hearing of his bail application.
Justice Kolawole gave the order following the arraignment of Chief Dokpesi who pleaded not guilty to a six count charge of money laundering and other fraud related charges.
Chief Dokpesi, was on Wednesday, December 9, arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) before a Federal High Court in Abuja.
Dokpesi, who is a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is standing trial for a six count charge of money laundering and other fraud related charges.
The PDP stalwart, who was reportedly arraigned alongside his firm, Daar Investment and Holdings Ltd, pleaded not guilty to the six count charge filed against him by the anti-graft agency.
During the hearing, counsel to the EFCC, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN),‎ accused the defendants of receiving N2.1 billion from the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) between October 2014 and March 19, 2015.
The arraignment today did not come as surprise especially as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had filed money laundering charges against Dokpesi, former National Security Adviser (NSA) Sambo Dasuki, former Sokoto state governor, Attahiru Bafarawa, former minister of state for finance, Bashir Yuguda and former director of finance, Office of the National Security Adviser(ONSA), Shaibu Salisu.
Dokpesi was arrested by the EFCC on Tuesday, December 1, for being a party of the arms purchase scandal involving Dasuki, and the theft of $2.1 billion from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), and to make matters worse, the DAAR communication chairman’s family offered conflicting statements about why Dokpesi received the money from the NSA.

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