Court orders former AIT boss, Dokpesi’s remand in EFCC custody

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Justice Gabriel Kolawole has ordered that Raymond Dokpesi be remanded in EFCC custody pending the hearing of his bail application by 12:30pm on Thursday.

The media mogul was formally arraigned at the Federal High Court in Abuja on a six-count charge which include money laundering and fraud.

The prosecution led by Rotimi Jacobs (SAN),‎ accused him of receiving, N2.1bn from the office of the National Security Adviser between October 2014 and March 19, 2015 for the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential media campaign in breach of provisions of the Public Procurement Act, Money laundering Act and the EFCC Act.

Justice Kolawole has fixed trial for February 17, 18 and March 2 and 3.

Dokpesi, the Chairman of DAAR Communications, owners of Africa Independent Television, AIT and Raypower, was on December 1 invited and arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja, over money disbursed by the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.