On Wednesday, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) re-arraigned the former Chairman of DAAR Communications Plc, Raymond Dokpesi, before a Federal High Court on six counts of money laundering and other charges relating to procurement fraud.
Mr. Dokpesi’s charges are linked to the $2.1 billion illegally diverted from the Office of the National Security Advisor (ONSA) to pay for electoral contents including former President Goodluck Jonathan’s 2015 re-election campaign.
The disparaged media mogul’s re-arraignment follows the case’s transfer to Justice James Tsoho. During his first arraignment, on December 9, 2015, Mr. Dokpesi denied the allegations against him.
He was subsequently granted a N200 million bail with two sureties. His new trial date has been fixed for February 17, 2015.
During the start of his new trial, Mr. Dokpesi, represented by Wole Olanipekun (SAN), once again denied the charges against him.
“Absolutely, and absolutely not guilty,” Mr. Dokpesi said in response to the charges against him.
Mr. Dokpesi applied for, and was granted, bail under the same terms he was given bail in December. The trial was subsequently adjourned to March 2 and 3.