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Dasuki, Dokpesi, Others Charged with Money Laundering …Trial Looming

Raymond Dokpesi

Nigeria’s former National Security Adviser (NSA) Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd.) and founder of Daar Communications, Chief Raymond Dokpesi may be arraigned today by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

This is coming after the EFCC had on Tuesday, 8 December, filed money laundering charges, among others, against businessman Dokpesi, Sambo Dasuki, former Sokoto State Governor Attahiru Bafarawa, former Minister of State for Finance Bashir Yuguda and former Director of Finance, Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), Shaibu Salisu.

The detained suspects were yesterday served copies of the charges. Some of the suspects were meeting last night with their counsel, an indication that they might be arraigned today or before the weekend.
Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd.) 
 In the suit, which is yet to be assigned to a judge, Dokpesi is slammed with six counts, according to court sources. The AIT/Ray Power chairman admitted collecting N2.1billion from the office of the NSA. The money, he said, is for media services. Dokpesi, alongside his company, are charged with violating the Money Laundering Act, the EFCC Act and the Public Procurement Act.

Dasuki, who is charged along with others, is already standing trial before the Federal High Court, Abuja for alleged illegal possession of firearms and money laundering. There were strong indications yesterday that the accounts of most of the suspects had been frozen. According to an EFCC source, who spoke in confidence, filing the charges “is a demonstration of our commitment to the rule of law”.

He said the EFCC would not want to detain all the suspects for long “because they are overstretching our facilities. “Their fate will now be determined by the court. It is the court that will decide whether they should be granted bail or be remanded in prison custody,” the source added.

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