Court Unfreezes Raymond Dokpesi’s Accounts, Orders EFCC To Release Documents

A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered that the accounts of businessman and politician, Raymond Dokpesi be unfrozen.

The Court additionally ordered that his paperwork being held by the State needs to be instantly launched.

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While prosecuting Dokpesi and his firm, Daar Investment and Holdings Limited, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had obtained a court docket order freezing the businessman’s accounts and seized his paperwork.

Dokpesi and Daar Investment had been charged with participating in procurement fraud and breach of public belief, in relation to the N2.1billion they received from the Office of the National Security Adviser, beneath Mohammed Sambo Dasuki.

The Court of Appeal in Abuja, in a judgment on April 1, put aside the November 21, 2018 ruling by Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court, which rejected their no-case submission ordering Dokpesi and his firm to enter a defence.

But in her lead judgment within the unanimous choice of the appellate court docket’s three-man panel, Justice Elfrieda Williams-Daudu, held amongst others, that the prosecution failed to ascertain a prima facie case in opposition to Dokpesi and his firm to warrant their being referred to as upon to enter a defence.

The Court of Appeal then upheld their no-case submission, quashed the cost in opposition to them and discharged and acquitted them.

Dokpesi afterwards returned to the Federal High Court, Abuja with an utility for orders directing the EFCC to unfreeze his account and return paperwork seized from him whereas his trial lasted.

In a ruling on Tuesday, Justice Tsoho rejected the opposition by the prosecution and proceeded to grant the appliance by Dokpesi and his firm.

Justice Tsoho, who’s the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, held that because the cost which precipitated the restriction on the accounts had been quashed and the candidates discharged and acquitted by the Court of Appeal, the restriction may now not be justified.

The choose additional held that the EFCC had no foundation to maintain the put up no debit order on the accounts given the subsisting and legitimate order of the Court of Appeal.

He famous that the EFCC didn’t receive any order staying the execution of the judgment of the Court of Appeal because it was delivered on April 1.

On EFCC’s argument that it has lodged an enchantment on the Supreme Court in opposition to the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Justice Tsoho held that the discover of enchantment filed on the apex court docket can not, in legislation, keep the execution of the subsisting judgment.

He added that the prosecution should have obtained an order staying the execution of the judgment.

Justice Tsoho was of the view that within the absence of any order staying the execution of the judgment by the Court of Appeal, his court docket was certain by legislation to provide impact to the judgment.

He then ordered the holiday of the freezing order earlier obtained by the EFCC on the accounts in compliance with the judgment of the Court of Appeal.

The choose equally ordered that each one paperwork seized from Dokpesi or voluntarily surrendered by him to the state be instantly returned to him.

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Court Unfreezes Raymond Dokpesi’s Accounts, Orders EFCC To Release Documents

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