A top staff of the First Bank Plc, Maitama branch, Abuja, Mrs Zainab Ibrahim-Kokobili, has testified concerning how the founder of the African Independent Television (AIT), Chief Raymond Dokpesi, got a whooping N2.1 billion from the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) in just three months.
The Punch reports that the witness told Justice John Tsoho of a Federal High Court in Abuja that Dokpesi received the said amount between January and March 2015.
According to the report, the witness was led in evidence by the prosecuting counsel, Mr Oluwaleke Atolagbe, and said the money was paid by ONSA into the account of Daar Investments and Holdings Limited’s First Bank account, to which Dokpesi and his son, Paul, are signatory.
Dokpesi is facing six counts of money laundering and other charges concerning procurement fraud against Dokpesi and Daar Investments for allegedly receiving N2.12bn from ONSA under Sambo Dasuki to prosecute the PDP’s 2015 presidential media campaign.
We learnt that in court on Wednesday, March 29, Ibrahim-Kokobili revealed that she had been Daar Investments and Holding Limited’s account officer at First Bank since November 2014.
She read from the company’s statement of account saying that N2.12 billion was paid into the account in four tranches of N500 million, N500 million, N620 million and N500 million between January and March 2015.
According to her, the balance on the company’s account was N113,885.28 before the first tranche of N500 million was paid into the account on January 22, 2015.
“January 22, 2015 – RTGS, being payment by ONSA: N500m. It was a credit. Before the payment of N500m, the balance on the account was N113,885.28.
“February 4, 2015 – RTGS, being payment by ONSA: N500m.
“February 9, 2015 – RTGS, being payment by ONSA: N620m only. It was also a credit.
“March 19, 2015 – the naration is RTGS being payment by ONSA: N500m,” the witness said.
She added that the sum of N2.12 billion was disbursed from Daar Investments and Holdings Limited after receiving instructions from Dokpesi.
“The customer sent instructions to the bank for payments. Money was paid after getting confirmation from the customer.
“High Chief Raymond Anthony Alegho Dokpesi was the signatory who sent instructions for the payments,” she said explaining that she was invited by the EFCC to its Abuja office on February 6, 2016 and that she wrote a statement and presented documents to the anti-graft agency.
The report said the prosecution tendered the documents and were admitted as exhibits by the judge without any objection from the defence team led by Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN) on Wednesday.
The case has been adjourned to May 24 and 25, 2017 for further trial.
Naij also reports that some officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were recently arraigned for corrupt acts.