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EFCC drags Dokpesi to Supreme Court over N2.1bn fraud suit

EFCC Chairman, Abdulraheed Bawa1

EFCC Chairman, Abdulraheed Bawa

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has approached the Supreme Court to appeal a judgement of the Court of Appeal granted in favour of Chief Raymond Dokpesi and his company, DAAR Communications, in a N2.1bn corruption case.

The EFCC filed a notice of appeal at the apex court challenging the decision of the Court of Appeal of April 1, 2021, which cleared Dokpesi of all charges.

In the documents filed before the court, the EFCC prayed the apex court to declare that the Court of Appeal erred in law when it held that the prosecution had not established a prima facie case against Dokpesi.

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The agency urged the court to set aside the decision of the Court of Appeal and order Dokpesi to return to the Federal High Court and enter his defence in the charge against him.

Recall that Dokpesi, DAAR Investment and Holdings Limited were arraigned on seven counts bordering on procurement fraud and breach of public trust.

He was alleged to have received N2.1bn from the Office of a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), between October 2014 and March 2015 for services not rendered.

On November 21, 2018, Justice John Tsoho struck out Dokpesi’s no-case submission and ordered him to open his defence.

However, he had approached the Court of Appeal, which held that the EFCC failed to establish a prima facie case against the appellants.

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