Dokpesi Got N2.1bn from ONSA for Nothing – Witness

The 12th prosecution witness in the ongoing trial of the erstwhile Chairman of DAAR Communications Plc, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, told the court on Tuesday that the Peoples Democratic Party chieftain pocketed N2.1bn from the office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) for doing nothing.
Abubakar Aliyu, an operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), who testified for the prosecution said Dokpesi collected N2.1bn, through his company, Daar Investment Ltd, and pocketed it without carrying out any contract for the ONSA.
Dokpesi and his company, Daar Investment Ltd are being tried by the EFCC over alleged N2.1bn fraud.
The witness said that Daar Investment was found to have received the money from the ONSA during investigation with an account domiciled in the First Bank, Abuja.
The commission wrote the bank for information concerning the account.
He said the bank “gave us detailed information about the account”
Aliyu said that it was then discovered that the first defendant owns the account and beneficiary of the fund.
“First Bank forwarded the account details of the second defendant when we discovered that the first defendant is the owner of that account and beneficiary of the fund.”
At this point, according to Aliyu, the commission wrote to the ONSA for the mandate and documents for the reasons for the payment.
“Unfortunately it was only the mandate the commission received with an explanation that there was no reason for the payment. Based on the above stated information we invited the first defendant,” said Aliyu.
When Dokpesi honoured the invitation of the EFCC and presented with the statement of account of the second defendant and the mandate, he owned up.
“Having the mandate and account of the second defendant, he confirmed that he was the beneficiary of the fund.”
Dokpesi said “it was based on his proposal to the President for the fund to enabled him and the various group he had set up to launder the image of the government of Nigeria that the fund was released to him.”
The witness said, Dokpesi provided the alleged proposal,type written but was not addressed to any body and also not acknowledged by anybody.
“In other to clear his cluams, we extended investigation to the office the NSA of the alleged proposal. Nobody was able to identify the proposal since there was no acknowledgement on it.
“Same investigation was extended to the presidency with same proposal, we couldn’t get any headway because it was not addressed to anybody,” Aliyu explained
The proposal was tendered and admitted in evidence and marked as exhibit.
In addition to the proposal the statement the defendant said to have volunteered on oath in presence of others officials of the commission in the Abuja commission’s office, was also admitted in evidence.
Justice John Tsoho adjourned till February 7 for continuation of trial.

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