Trial of Raymond Dokpesi, Chairman, Daar Communications, before Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja was yesterday stalled, due to the absence of the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs. Mr Ifedayo Adedipe, counsel to Dokpesi, at the resumption of trial said shortly before commencement of the day’s sitting that he got a letter indicating that the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs sought for an adjournment because he was before the Court of Appeal.
Adedipe told the court that Jacobs had sent a message to inform the defence team that he was scheduled to appear in another case at the Appeal Court on the same day. He said the information had been communicated to the lead counsel for the defence, Mr Wole Olanipekun (SAN), who had already flown into Abuja from Lagos for the case.
The prosecution, therefore, said it was taking the upcoming court vacation into consideration and urged the court for a long adjournment to enable the prosecuting team put its house in order. Justice James Tsoho subsequently adjourned the case to October 19, 2016.
It would be recalled that Dokpesi was re-arraigned before Justice Tsoho, after it was confirmed that the reassignment of the matter by the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court was done in error. Dokpesi is standing trial along with his firm, Daar Investment and Holdings Limited on a six-count charge bordering on money laundering and procurement fraud related charges.
They were alleged to have received public funds to the tune of N2.1 billion from the office of the National Security Adviser, NSA, with the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, between October 2014 and March 19, 2015, for the funding of media activities for the 2015 presidential campaign of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, an offence contrary to Section 58 (4) b and 58 (6) (7) of the Public Procurement Act, 2007.
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