Wednesday, 17 February 2016

High Chief Raymond Dokpesi's case has been reassigned to a new judge

                           Raymond Dokpesi at the Federal High Court in Abuja last year
The ongoing trial of media mogul and Daar Investment Holdings Limited chairman, High Chief Raymond Aleogho Dokpesi has taken a new twist – A new judge will now take over the case from today, February 17, 2016.

The criminal case against media mogul and owner of the African Independent Television (AIT), Raymond Dokpesi has been reassigned to another judge.

The official said the case was reassigned because new judges were admitted to the Federal High Court. “You know, new judges came and they reassigned some many cases. Like that of Dokpesi has been reassigned to court 3,” the court official said. A further confirmation with the court clerk at court three showed that the federal government’s case against Dokpesi’s is listed as number one on court three’s cause list. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stalwart is already in court with one of his sons, other family members and associates. He is standing trial on a six-count charge of money laundering and other fraud related charges. Dokpesi was arrested by the EFCC on Tuesday, December 1, for being a party of the arms purchase scandal involving Dasuki, former National Security Adviser (NSA). He was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on December 10, 2015.

He is alleged to have about N2.1billion from the office of the NSA for 2015 PDP’s ‎presidential media campaign.‎ The media mogul is facing trial ‎alongside ‎his firm, DAAR Investment and Holdings Ltd, owners of African Independent Television, AIT, and Raypower FM.

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