Court sends Dokpesi back to detention, as EFCC opposes bail

FILE PHOTO: Dokpesi being led by EFCC operatives

The founder of Daar Communications PLC, Raymond Dokpesi, has been asked to return to the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, pending the ruling on his application for bail on Monday.

Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court, Abuja, said the adjournment would help him look critically at the arguments presented by both counsel, since he had just been briefed on the matter, for the first time.

Counsel to Mr. Dokpesi, Mike Ozekhome, SAN, had asked the judge to rule on his earlier application for bail for his client.

He said his application included exhibits, A4 to A8 which made his client’s bail very necessary.

He listed the exhibits to include Mr. Dokpesi’s application to travel abroad, as well his ticket from British Airways, contained in exhibits A4 and A5, respectively.

He said the judge should disregard the argument of the prosecution which contended that other matters might arise.

“He is saying that there could be other charges in future relating to about N8.4 billion, involving a certain FIFA Under-17 World Cup,” Mr. Ozekhome said.

He called on the judge to avoid acting on speculation.

Mr. Ozekhome called the judge’s attention to the upcoming wedding of Mr. Dokpesi’s son, as well as the challenges he claimed to have experienced in reaching his client as other reasons the bail application should be granted.

He added that the defendant had the right to properly organise his counsel and witnesses in preparation of his case.

Mr. Ozekhome further argued that the alleged offences were ‘bail-able’ according to Section 16, sub sections nine, of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.

But counsel to the EFCC, Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, said the defendant was not entitled to bail, based the materials provided by Mr. Ozekhome.

He asked the judge to look into the nature of the matter before him, including the evidences and consider the possibility of Mr. Dokpesi jumping bail.

He said there were ample evidence that N2.1 billion was paid through the account of the NSA to the defendant’s company for a campaign in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2015 general election.

The money, he alleged, was paid from funds allocated for the war against terrorism.

Mr. Jacobs added that there was evidence that the N2.1 billion was received between January 22 to March 15, 2015, during the election.

“Even if it was just a coincidence; what is the nature of the contract? Mr Jacobs asked, adding that there was no contract for the said sum”.

He also said in paragraph 12 of his brief of argument that Mr. Dokpesi allegedly received the sum of N8billion, and N47million during the Under-17 FIFA World Cup, in 2012, in a fraudulently organised contract.

Mr. Jacobs further argued that the letter of appointment for Mr. Dokpesi’s treatment abroad referred to by Mr. Ozehkome was sent on the December 5, when he was already in the custody of the EFCC.

He said exhibit A4 was also sent that same day, referring to the British Airways reservation ticket earlier mentioned by Mr. Ozekhome.

Mr. Jacobs said granting Mr. Dokpesi bail would compromise the ongoing trial.

He therefore asked Mr. Kolawole to refuse the application for bail.

After listening to arguments from both parties, Justice Kolawole adjourned till December 14, for ruling.

“The defendant shall have to return to the custody of the EFCC,” he said.

Mr. Dokpesi is facing prosecution for allegedly receiving N2.1billion from the office of the National Security Adviser for PDP’s presidential media campaign.

The money was allegedly disbursed from funds earmarked for the procurement of arms for the fight against insurgency.

He was arraigned alongside his firm, DAAR Investment and Holdings Limited, owners of African Independent Television, AIT and Raypower FM.

The funds, which were allegedly released to the accused persons between October, 2014 and March 19, 2015, were allegedly transferred from an account the office of the NSA operated with the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, to a First Bank of Nigeria Plc account owned by DAAR Investment and Holding Company Limited.

The offence was a breach of Section 58 (4) (b) of the Public Procurement Act 2007 and punishable under Section 58 (6) and (7) of the same Act, as well as under Section 17 (b) of the EFCC Act, 2004.

One of the counts reads:

“That you Dr. Raymond Dokpesi and Daar Investment and Holding Company Limited between October 2014 and March 19, 2015 in Abuja, conducted procurement fraud by means of fraudulent and corrupt act, to wit: receipt of payment into the account of Daar Investment and Holding Company Limited with First Bank of Nigeria Plc of public funds in the sum of N2,120,000,000 from the account of the office of National Security Adviser (NSA) with the Central Bank of Nigeria for the funding of media activities for the 2015 presidential election campaign for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 58 (4) (b) of the Public Procurement Act, 2007 and punishable under Section 58 (6) & (7) of the same Act”.

The accused pleaded not guilty to all the counts preferred against him, and efforts by his counsel, Mr. Ozekhome to secure his bail was countered by the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Jacobs, on the ground that the application was served on him shortly before the court started sitting.


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  • Bright Henry

    Why is it now fashionable for anyone accused of stealing to form treatment abroad. Just guessing.

    • aisha ani

      They are just trying to escape and EFCC must not let them out of their sight.

    • Burbank

      It’s an old excuse and a must-memorized line by all criminals to utter before the judges.
      Ironically, when these same suspects faced the same courts for extradition hearing, none will apply for overseas medical treatment.
      Ask Buruji Kashamu.

      • Nwa_Africa

        You are right…………………Buruji will prefer to have his treatment in Nigeria than travel with British Airways……………..Even the MINT man is not talking of abroad treatment………………………..

      • Höly Wähala

        Hahaha @Buruji prefering to die at home…

      • tundemash

        “Ironically, when these same suspects faced the same courts for extradition hearing, none will apply for overseas medical treatment.
        Ask Buruji Kashamu.”

        lol ! Brilliant! Chop knuckle.

    • Nwa_Africa

      Hahaha, that is what is raining now………………..But that does not mean that EFCC will obey such even if the Yariba judge grant him bail………………….He should ask Dasuki how far…………………..

  • He looks unruffled but by the time this court battle takes a toll on both his physical and mental health, the story would never remain the same.

    • Burbank

      Wait till you see Nnamdi Kanu in the DSS jail!
      The way the DSS treated him, Nnamdi Kanu’s nightmare finally came true – he is in the zoo’s cage that makes Somalia looks like paradise.

  • FreeNigeria

    Hmmmm, this mumu lawyer dey ask for bail bcos him client get BA ticket and him son wan do wedding. Can armed robber that stole N100k ask for bail under the same circumstance? Our judiciary don turn Kangaroo court. This thief suppose come court for orange jumpers with chains

    • Burbank

      They should learnt from Singapore and Hong Kong – corrupt suspects are handcuffed once arrested, well before convictions.

    • Julius

      well lawyers supposed to do what lawyers do but, the onus is on the Judge not to listen to their bullshit. I can see this old man laughing on his way to jail. They simply dont care. I hope they make hom cough up the money with interest !

    • Nwa_Africa

      His lawyer is the sponsor of kidnapping in Nigeria…………………..So do not expect any good from fake SAN Mike………………….

  • Jagunmolu

    Any body in court needs to be bailed and allowed to travel for medical check up. No hospital in Nigeria can check them up. They are bigger than Nigeria. Immunity and Impunity Personified in Nigeria.

    • Burbank

      LOLz…gbam

  • Burbank

    “He listed the exhibits to include Mr. Dokpesi’s application to travel abroad, as well his ticket from British Airways, contained in exhibits A4 and A5, respectively.”

    Next time the EFCC charged you to court, make sure you bring along a British Airways ticket with you.

  • share Idea

    The initial report was that NSA paid Dokpesi but the article is now saying that NSA office paid Dokpesi’s company. In addition, EFCC is now charging Dokpesi for FIFA junior world cup of 2012, does this not show that Buhari is using EFCC to fish for any evidence to pin Dokpesi. I pity the gullible that swallow all lies from this administration.

    • Julius

      Naa, the money was for your mother’s wedding ! Oloshi.

      • Burbank

        She’s unmarried.

        • Julius

          hahahahahahaha ! damn..u funny !

      • Nwa_Africa

        That Ijaw foo0l is always high on drugs…………………………..

        • Julius

          Yea, he on sumthin 4real !

    • Wolex

      Hay mr, does it matter how efcc got the information. The question is was the money paid into his acct or not?
      Pls lets call a spade a spade and not why Buhari is doing that.

    • kinsly

      Mumu like you. Just listen to yourself.

    • tundemash

      Which law puts limitation on when a criminal can be called to answer for his crimes Mr. Dud head ?
      Since you know what the N2.1b was for, can you show us the contract papers as EFCC alleged High Thief Dokpesi presented none .

    • Sincerely Yours

      Take your mind back to 2011, during the ‘fight’ for the pdp presidential ticket, when dokpesi was in IBB’s camp. Did the presidency at the time not bring up the issue of the non performance of AIT regarding the contract awarded the company for outdoor transmission during the games? What happened thereafter?, Dokpesi crossed over to Jonathan’s camp, and all his ‘sins’ were forgiven. He was even made a special adviser on whatever. Are you saying the country should forfeit that money? NO. Now is the time for him to throw it all up.

  • Africa

    Abroad, Abroad, Abroad! Western countries can do us a favor by banning these criminals from coming to receive medical treatments in their countries. One would think there is no single good hospital/doctor in Nigeria.

    • Julius

      Im with you on that. The U S banned ayatolah from coming to the U S for medical treatment. Yes, these western countries should do the same to these rogues.

      • absam777

        It is very simple. We should start lobbying the Western governments to ban these thieves from coming to their country especially when they have a criminal case pending against them in Nigeria.

        • Julius

          Indeed !

        • abeem

          The way to start it is by starting an online petition say by Nigerians in Diaspora in the US which will be sent to the White House and the president will be forced to take action when the signatures to the petition reached a total of 100,000

  • favourtalk

    He can’t come out of this one, he will surely end up in jail. They still believe this is GEJ reign. They will suffer for what they allowed Nigerian to go through by stealing our money

  • Fadama

    Mr. Justice Gabriel Kolawole, forget the BA air ticket. He bought himself a one way air ticket to prison when he conspired with Dasuki and his fellow looters to steal our common wealth. The latter ticket is the most important and should be given great consideration.

  • IG

    Oshomole warned this guy called Dopkesi for using the military and DSS to ridicule him during the presidential election and Dokpesi thought its was a joke, now see what is happening to you now old man. You should have learnt to face your media business gently instead of involving in ballot snatching during the general election.

  • 006masaka

    @fadama:disqus

    Raymond Dokpesi has not begged anybody. He likes his prison. He has not asked
    to be removed from it. Let no busybody remove Raymond Dokpesi from his prison.

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  • bikky

    Why did kidnappers release Ozekhome, maybe if he is still with kidnappers he would have gotten a reasonable sense to stop defend corrupt individuals, it is a pity we have somebody like him as a lawyer even with SAN.