Court grants Raymond Dokpesi bail

Raymond Dokpesi

A Federal High Court in Abuja, Monday, granted bail to the founder of Daar Communication Plc, Raymond Dokpesi, in a money laundering suit brought against him by the Federal Government.

Mr. Dokpesi is facing a six-count charge of alleged money laundering. He was charged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court said Mr. Dokpesi should be granted bail on the condition that he provides two sureties with N200 million each.

The first surety should be a serving or retired director in the civil service, the judge ruled.

The second surety should be a private investor who has paid tax for at least the last three years.

Mr. Kolawole also said Mr. Dokpesi should not be rearrested for questioning for over eight and a half hours any time the EFCC plans to continue with the investigation.

“It should be no more than 10am to 6pm, any day,” the judge directed.

He court also ordered Mr. Dokpesi to submit his international passport to the court’s registrar within 24 hours.

Mr. Dokpesi is to be remanded in Kuje prison till the bail conditions are met, the judge said.


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  • FreeNigeria

    The fight against corruption should start from the judiciary. if armed robbers that steal meager amount of money are not granted bail. These fake rich men that steal billions should not be granted bail. they should be taken to court shackled and in jumpers. Too much respect are given to these common thieves parading themselves as rich men.

    • Burbank

      True…our democracy encourages corruption to flourish
      China tackles corruption in a deadly manner while Singapore and Malaysia allows for detention without trial.

    • OluJay

      Absolutely correct! I concur completely to your submission.

    • Kene

      calling Nigeria with Ringoversea calling app is so cheap. For your information my people

  • citizenka

    Who is this judge?

  • Paul Young

    lol funny judge. This is equal to no bail. Which civil servant can legitimately have 200million to stand as surety for dokpesi? Even those who fraudulently have it will never stand for him cos they dont want to be investigated too

    • B. Messi

      The judge said it could b a RETIRED civil servant.
      We have been made to understand that retired Public/Civil servants might have engaged in some profitable businesses after retirement and struck Gold..Like our president who is said to own a house worth over a billion in Asokoro and our dear VP who is worth at least N400million(including $ equivalent) in raw cash alone.
      We all know those two are honest and incorruptible men don’t we?

      • Paul Young

        sorry i dont join in beer parlor gossips. If you say something be ready to back it up with proof

        • B. Messi

          Th examples stated were included in their incomplete ‘public declaration’.
          It’s public knowledge..except for those who do overtime at beer parlors.

  • Janjaweed

    DEAR EDITOR,

    I have a brother who is into armed robbery. He told me he’ll be operating on the south-south axis tomorrow.
    I want to get your advice. Can i go to court today and get bail ready for him, in case he’s caught tomorrow?
    I am aware that our High Courts in Nigeria are now COURTS OF BAIL AND INDEFINITE ADJOURNMENTS.
    What i’m not aware of is how much should i hold on my way to the court because Naira is now 261 to a dollar.

    • Paul Young

      haha funny

  • jerry

    this Judge Gabriel kolawole has a bad record as a Judge. with the conditions attached to this bail the EFCC’s hands have just been tighed behind their back. Am sorry for this beloved country.

  • arewethishopeless

    I wonder why the FG has not made official complaint about the seemingly rasca judge to the NJC. What the hell is meant by “Dokpesi can only be questioned btw 10am and 6pm”? We must extend our no-nonsense posture to these judges …. Or do they have some form of immunity?

    • Nche Bikwe

      It will not be okay to castigate Justice Kolawole on this one. The charge that was brought against him is not murder, it had to do with financial embezzlement and connaivance.

  • d’Artagnan

    MEHN, THESE APC MINIONS DEY WAIL NO BE SMALL O!
    CHAI!
    THEY WOULD RATHER THIS MAN WAS NOT GRANTED BAIL FOREVER. UNDER WHAT KIND OF LAW??
    MADNESS.

  • Man_Enough

    With judges like kolawole, we cannot fight crime and we might as well kiss the fight against corruption godbye. The only reason for the obnoxious clauses to his judgement is to assure his paymaster that he is doing his biding. He is compromised. Very soon he will grant a pepertual injuction against arrest of dokpesi.

    • F E R A N M I

      The condition is okay……Do you think there will be a Director in the civil service that worth 200 million naira….. Dokpesi will stay long at efcc detention

      • anwari

        He’s slready at Kuje prisons.

  • Idris Aliyu mahmood

    The conditions are harculean task for Mr Dokpesi and more grease to ur elbow my honourable justice. Bad times for corrupt officials.

  • F E R A N M I

    May God Bless Justice Kolawole with this bail condition….. I am waiting for a Director that worths 200 million naira…. Its like Dokpesi will spend the xmas and new year in efcc’s detention

    • Nche Bikwe

      Will a retired Director who ventured into large scale/full time business with his gratuity and other payoffs after retirement, run into trouble with the efcc? Expect that from the association of shameless thieves that we have in this country, come for his bail.

  • Kene

    Calling Nigeria with Ringoversea calling app is so cheap. For your information my people

  • JJ

    There are lot of them that could provide such fund but EFCC should immediately start investigating any serving or retired director in the civil service that could provide N200 million.

    • Julius

      yes oooooooo..lolz. This is too good !

  • anwari

    EFCC will soon have another candidate for questioning. We are waiting for that serving or retired civil servant who is worth 200 million.

    • Julius

      hahahahahahaha, Im waiting too. Lets see who is gonna expose his or her ass for questioning on how they made the money !. This is getting interesting !!

    • Olu from South Africa

      Lol!

  • Olu from South Africa

    Where are his friends…Dr. GEJ and Co.