The trial of a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Raymond Dokpesi resumed Thursday with two prosecution witnesses telling a Federal High Court in Abuja that Dokpesi bought household items with funds allegedly paid to him by the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki.
- Dokpesi and his firm, Daar Investment and Holding Limited are standing trial on a six-count charge in relation to the N2.1 billion they allegedly received unlawfully from the Office of the National Security Adviser between January and March 2015.
- They are accused of engaging in money laundering and procurement.
- Dokpesi and Daar Investments were said to have received the sum of N2.12 billion from ONSA then headed by Col. Dasuki (retd.), as payment for a “purported contract on presidential media initiative”.
- The witnesses – Peter Imoekor and Fabian Ozoemina – informed the court that they supplied generators, a transformer and security doors valued at millions of naira, to Dokpesi’s houses in Lagos and Agenebode, Edo, and his offices at different times after N2.1 billion was allegedly paid to him by the Office of the National Security Adviser between January and March 2015.
- The two witnesses, who testified as the prosecution’s 7th and 8th witnesses, were led in evidence by prosecuting lawyer, Oluwaleke Atolagbe.
- Mr Imoekor explained how between February and August 2015, Mikano supplied four units of 140KVA, two units of 200KVA and a 500KVA electric transformer to Dokpesi’s house in Agenebode (Dokpesi’s hometown) and Daar’s offices in Sokoto and Gusau, Zamfara.
Mr Imoekor said, “The transaction was in respect of four units of 140KVA Basic (open type). Each costs N3.5 million and they totalled N14 million. Daar made payment for all. The payment was made in two tranches of N7 million each through First Bank drafts.
“On March 19, 2015, they came to exchange three of the ‘Basic’ generators with soundproof type and paid the difference of N6, 350,000 through UBA Plc.
“Then on March 30, 2015, delivery was made.
“In the same March, they made a request for the purchase of two units of 200KVA basic generator and payment of N11,657,240 was made through transfer and delivery was made to his (Dokpesi’s) house in Otuake Quarters, Agenebode in Edo.
“In August 2015 payment for 500KVA electric transformer was made. The amount paid was in cash. It was N3,073,200. This time the receipt was issued in his name, that is, High Chief Raymond Dokpesi’s name.
“Then a memo was issued to the head office of Mikano International Limited for delivery in Agenebode Edo. It was subsequently delivered,” the witness said.
He confirmed that the instructions for the transactions were from Dokpesi and that they were mostly carried out by the officials of Daar Communications.
While being cross-examined by Dokpesi’s lawyer, Kanu Agabi (SAN), Mr Imoekor said he did not know the sources of the money paid by Dokpesi and his company for the supply of the products.
He also said he did not know about the income and expenditure of Daar and that there is nothing about the transactions which he considered abnormal until he was invited by the EFCC.
Mr Ozoemina said the EFCC invited him sometimes in January 2016 and asked him what the money paid to my company was for and he said it was for security door.
The witness was later handed a document – a bank statement – and was asked to read from it.
Mr Ozoemina said, “The narration reads: inward clearing cheque in favour of Gilgal Concept Ltd, on January 27, 2015 – N5m. Inward clearing cheque in favour of Gilgal Concept Ltd on the same day, January 27, 2015 – N1,066,558.”
Ozoemina confirmed that the sums of money were paid into the account of Gilgal, his company.
He said the total sum of N6,066,558 was for installation of security doors at Dokpesi’s house in Agenebode.
The witness further said, “We got a total of N6,066,558 for the supply and installation of steel security doors. We installed the security doors. They were installed at chairman’s project at Agenebode. It was installed towards the end of 2014 and early 2015.”
He confirmed that Dokpesi, whom he had known for close to 20 years gave the instructions for the transactions.
While being cross-examined by Agabi, he denied knowing the sources of the money paid by Dokpesi.
The trial judge, Justice John Tsoho subsequently adjourned further proceedings to November 17.
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