Appeal Court Discharges and Acquits Dokpesi of Corruption Charges by Raphael Bichene
The appeal court in Abuja has discharged and acquitted the former chairman of Daar Communications PLC, High Chief Raymond Dokpesi of corruption allegations .
Recall that Dokpesi, his company, DAAR Investment and Holdings Ltd, were arraigned on a seven-count charge bordering on alleged procurement fraud and breach of public trust.
He allegedly received N2.1 billion from the office of the national security adviser (ONSA) between October 2014 and March 2015, during the tenure of Sambo Dasuki, former national security adviser, for services not rendered.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) called 13 witnesses in the course of trail n November 21, 2018, and John Tsoho, trial judge, struck out Dokpesi’s no-case submission and ordered him to open his defence.
Dokpesi thereafter approched the court of appeal seeking to upturn the trial court’s decision.
While delivering judgment on the appeal on Thursday, Elfrieda Williams-Dawodu, justice of the appellate court, held that the prosecution failed to establish a prima facie case against the appellants.