N2.1bn Arms Fraud: Appeal Court Acquits Dokpesi

A Court of Appeal Sitting in Abuja has acquitted and discharged the owner of Daar Communications, Raymond Dokpesi of the allegation of involvement in a fraudulent N2.1 billion arms fraud.

The Court of Appeal overturned the ruling of Justice James Tsoho of the Federal High Court which dismissed the no case submission filed by Dokpesi and ordered him to defend himself of the charges slammed against him.

Dokpesi and DAAR Investment and Holdings Ltd, were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission at a Federal High Court which accused them of receiving N2.1 billion from the Office of a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), between October 2014 and March 2015 and not using them for the services for which they were meant.

Dokpesi had filed a no case submission arguing that the evidence brought by the prosecution did not link him to the alleged offence.

He had to file an appeal against the ruling of the Federal High Court which ordered him to open his defence.

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While delivering the lead judgment in the appeal on Thursday, Justice Elfrieda Williams-Dawodu of the Appellate Court, said that the EFCC failed to establish a prima facie case against Dokpesi.

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