The absence of prosecution lawyer on Thursday stalled proceedings in the trial of businessman, Raymond Dokpesi and his firm, Daar Holding and Investment Limited, at the Federal High Court, Abuja. Dokpesi and his firm were arraigned before the court on February 17 on a six- count charge bordering on alleged procurement fraud and breach of public trust to the tune of N2.1 billion.
They were said to have received N2.1billion from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) between October 2014 and March 2015 and diverted the money to fund the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential campaign. The court had on March 2 adjourned to Thursday for commencement of trial. However, it was only the defendants that were represented in court on Thursday.
Lead Defence Lawyer, Wole Olanipekun (SAN), drew the court’s attention to a letter from the lead prosecution lawyer, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), where he sought for adjournment because he was handling a case at the Supreme Court. Olanipekun suggested that parties be allowed to return in June, following which the trial judge, Justice John Tsoho picked June 15 for commencement of trial.