BREAKING: Appeal court absolves Dokpesi, firm from N2.1b arms deal allegation
The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has, on Thursday, cleared Chief Raymond Dokpesi and his firm, Daar Investment and Holding Company Limited, from the charges of money laundering to the tune of N2.1 billion, meant for arms purchase, in collusion with the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col Sambo Dasuki.
The appellate court reached the decision in two unanimous judgments passed by a three- man panel of the Court.
Dokpesi and Daar Investment were prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) before the Federal High Court in Abuja on a seven-count charge of money laundering and breach of Procurement Act .
Chief Dokpesi and Daar Investment had approached the appeal court asking it to set aside the judgment of Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court.
The judge, in a ruling on November 24, 2018, rejected the no-case submissions filed by the appellants and ordered them to enter their defence.
Justice Elfreda Wiialims-Daudu of the appeal court, while reading the judgments, held the prosecution did not prove his case beyond reasonable doubt that Dokpesi and Daar Communication are guilty of the offence they are charged for.
Justice Wiialims-Daudu also stated that the prosecution did not establish the elements of the offences to warrant the appellants to be called upon to enter defence.
Dokpesi and his firm had made a no-case submissions after the prosecution concluded its case.
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