High Chief Raymond Dokpesi

The trial of media magnate, Raymond Dokpesi and his company, DAAR Investment and Holdings Limited has been stalled due to the inability of the prosecution to produce the next witness.

Prosecution Counsel, Oluwaleke Atolagbe, who was expected to continue with a fresh witness on Friday, informed the court that he assumed the defense will continue with the cross examination of the 12th witness.

Defence Counsel, Kanu Agabi, however, expressed displeasure over the development on the grounds that the prosecution is expected to close his case and being a criminal case, he ought to indicate and update them of the number of witnesses left.

Agabi told the court that the defense will appeal to strike out the case due to what he described as lack of diligence on the part of the prosecution.

At the last sitting, the 12th prosecution witness, an investigative Police officer with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abubakar Madaki, under cross-examination, narrated before the court his findings on the disbursement of 2.1 billion Naira from the office of the National Security Adviser, NSA, to DAAR Investment and Holdings Limited.

When asked by Agabi if all funds from the office of the NSA are for security purposes, Madaki answered in the affirmative. He said he had evidence that funds from the office of the NSA had legitimate mandate and that’s why CBN paid the funds to DAAR Investment and Holdings Limited account for media campaign purposes.

Madaki admitted that in the EFCC mandate tendered before the court, Dokpesi, gave details of the things he was enlisted to do.

Dokpesi and his company, DAAR Investment and Holdings Limited are being tried by the Federal Government for allegedly violating the public procurement law by receiving funds from the office of the National Security Adviser in 2015 for media campaign purposes.

The media magnate, however, insisted that the transaction was legitimately carried out

Trial judge, Justice John Tsoho, adjourned to May 9, 2018 for further hearing.

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