Chairman Emeritus of Daar Communications Plc, owner of African Independent Television and Raypower, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, on Wednesday, was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, before the Federal High Court in Abuja on a six-count charge of money laundering, misappropriation of public funds and others.
Mr. Dokpesi is standing trial for receiving N2.1bllion from the office of the former National Security Adviser, ONSA, Sambo Dasuki, between October 2014 and March 19, 2015 for the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential media campaign, an act which is contrary to the provisions of the Public Procurement Act, Money laundering Act and the EFCC Act.
The media mogul’s family last week, denied that their patriarch received the money for PDP presidential campaigns, explaining that the N2.1 billion was payment for a proposal to the former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration to showcase its achievements and challenges as a counter-attack to the then opposition’s propaganda.
The Dokpesi family also maintained that the proposal was properly studied by the former administration and duly approved by the then president, who directed that the ONSA should disburse the said money from one of its sub-heads for that purpose.
After hearing his plea, the presiding judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole, ordered that Mr. Dokpesi be remanded in EFCC custody pending the hearing of his bail application Thursday by 12.30pm.
The court also fixed February 17, 18 and March 2 and 3, 2016 as dates for the AIT/Raypower founder’s trial.