The Nigerian government, on Tuesday, December 8, issued six counts of money laundering and other financial crimes against the former chairman of DAAR Communications Raymond Dokpesi.
Mr. Dokpesi, who was arrested the same day as the former National Security Adviser (NSA) Sambo Dasuki on December 1st, has been detained for his involvement in the $2 billion arms contract scandal.
According to the FG, the funds Mr. Dokpesi accepted represented a breach of the provisions of the Money Laundering Act, the EFCC ACT, and the Public Procurement Act.
It was believed that he (Dokpesi) was charged alongside his company, DAAR Holding and Investment Limited in the suit.
It will be recalled Mr. Dokpesi was allegedly charged for receiving more than N10 billion from the office of the former NSA Dasuki.
Before a judge could even be assigned to his trial, Mr. Dokpesi begged Justice Gabriel Kolawole to protect him from the EFCC claiming the group had violated his rights.
In his application, dated December 3rd, he claimed that he was held at the EFCC headquarters in Abuja for 48 hours without being informed of the charges against him.
Mr. Dokpesi’s counsel, Mike Ozehkome, pleaded that the court grants his client bail under “ordinary circumstances,” arguing that his client lacked a criminal record and, therefore, was not a flight risk.