Following the court’s decision to keep Dokpesi in custody, after he was linked to a fresh fraud involving over the alleged N8.7bn he received from Jonathan’s Administration and pending ruling on his application for bail on Monday, Dokpesi was finally granted bail on Monday but some conditions apply.
The embattled former Chairman of Daar Communications, Raymond Dokpesi was granted bail in the sum of N200 million and two sureties in like sum (400m) by a Federal High Court in Abuja.
The presiding judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole ruled on Dokpesi’s bail application yesterday and he was however remanded at the Kuje prison pending the fulfillment of his bail conditions. Though Justice Gabriel Kolawole had granted the media mogul bail, the conditions for bail are N200 million each (N400m) by two sureties which is yet to be fulfilled.
Dokpesi was taken into custody on December 1st for receiving N2.1 billion from former NSA Sambo Dasuki for PDP’s presidential media campaign. The money was reportedly disbursed from the $2.1 billion mapped out for the procurement of arms.
According to The Nation, Dokpesi arrived at the prison at about 4.55pm and was taken immediately to the prison chief’s office. A prison source who spoke on the condition of anonymity said,
We have received Dokpesi in Kuje Prison and perfected his records before allocating him a cell.
Upon sighting Dokpesi, most of the inmates who were abreast of the ongoing anti-corruption trials, were anxious to see him.
But we decided to keep him in the office of the Officer-In-Charge to avoid being hurt by some inmates. Warders succeeded in shielding him from inmates.”
The source also disclosed that he was moody when he was brought in.
The media mogul Raymond Dokpesi, who is in the middle of the big arms scandal concerning former National Security Adviser (NSA) Sambo Dasuki, spent Monday night in Kuje prison because he is unable to meet the conditions of his bail.
Recall that Dokpesi is standing trial for a six-count charge of money laundering and other fraud related charges. He reportedly collected about N2.1billion from the office of the National Security Adviser for the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential media campaign.
He is currently facing trial with his firm, DAAR Investment and Holdings Ltd, owners of African Independent Television AIT, and Raypower FM.