N2.1bn: Again, Court Remands Dokpesi in EFCC Custody Over Fraud Allegations
Bail application to be determined on Monday
Senator Iroegbu in Abuja
The Federal High Court (FHC) sitting in Abuja has again ordered the founder of DAAR Communication Plc and owner of African Independent Television (AIT), Chief Raymond Dokpesi, to be remanded in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commissions (EFCC) till December 14 when ruling on his application for bail will be delivered.
Justice Gabriel Kolawale who heard the motion for his bail on Thursday said that the ruling could not be immediately delivered because the process filed by the Federal Government and Dokpesi’s lawyer were delivered to him on Wednesday in the open court.
He said that he needed time to study the argument canvassed for and against in the bail application so as to arrive at a just conclusion in his ruling.
He subsequently ordered that the media guru be moved to the EFCC custody and must be produced on Monday by EFCC when the ruling in his bail application will be decided one way or the other.
While arguing the bail application, chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) told justice Kolawale that the offence with which Dokpesi is standing trial was ordinarily bailable by law because it was not a capital offence.
Ozekhome said that his client has not in any way contributed to any act of insurgency and that he would not jump bail when granted.
He also told the court that his client was billed to travel abroad for medical checkup when a telephone call came in inviting him orally to come to EFCC and that without any hesitation, Dokpesi responded and honoured the invitation as a law abiding citizen.
Beside, Ozekhome also told the court that Dokpesi’s son was about to wed on 17 and 19 of this month and that as a father he has dispatched invitations to highly placed Nigerians and as such he would be around at all times to stand trial.
Similarly, the counsel also submitted that Section 36 of the 1999 constitution presumed his client innocent until the contrary has been proved by the prosecution.