Ade Adesomoju, Abuja
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Thursday called two prosecution witnesses who testified before the Federal High Court in Abuja in respect of the N2.1bn fraud charges instituted against the African Independent Television’s founder, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, and his Daar Investment and Holdings Limited.
The two witnesses told the court how they supplied generators, a transformer and security doors valued at millions of naira, to Dokpesi’s houses in Lagos and Agenebode, Edo State, as well his offices at different times after the sum N2.1bn was allegedly paid to the defendants by the Office of the National Security Adviser between January and March 2015.
The Administrative Manager of Mikano International Ltd, Abuja Branch, Mr. Peter Imoekor, testified as the seventh prosecution witness while the Managing Director, Gilgal Concepts Ltd, Mr. Fabian Ozoemina, testified as the eighth.
The witnesses were led by the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Oluwaleke Atolagbe.
The EFCC is prosecuting Dokpesi and his company on six counts bordering on the sum of N2.1bn which they allegedly received in tranches from the Office of the National Security Adviser between January and March 2015.
The EFCC accused the defendants of money laundering and other charges relating to procurement fraud against them for allegedly receiving the sum of N2.12bn from ONSA and using same to prosecute Peoples Democratic Party’s 2015 presidential media campaign.
Dokpesi and Daar Investments were said to have received the sum of N2.12bn from ONSA then headed by Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), as payment for a “purported contract on presidential media initiative”.
The prosecution alleged that the payment was in breach of and punishable under provisions of the Public Procurement Act, Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act and the EFCC (Establishment) Act.
The seventh prosecution witness, Imoekor, told the court on Thursday that he was invited by the EFCC in February 2016 “to clarify” some transactions which Mikano had with Dokpesi and Daar Communications Plc.
He 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 State.
He said “The transaction was in respect of four units of 140KVA Basic (open type). Each costs N3.5m and they all totalled N14m.
“Daar made payment for all. The payment was made in two tranches of N7m 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. We delivered them to Sokoto and Gusau, capital of Zamfara State.
“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 State.
“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 State. It was subsequently delivered.”
When asked the Mikano’s official confirmed that the instructions for the transactions were from Dokpesi.
“They were mostly carried out by the officials of Daar Communications,” Imoekor added.