The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Tuesday March 23, 2021 bemoaned the delay in the corruption trial of Chief Raymond Dokpesi, founder of Daar Communications Plc.
Dokpesi is being prosecuted before John Tsoho of the Federal High Court, Abuja for the alleged diversion of N2.1 billion received from the office of former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.
At the resumed trial on Tuesday March, proceedings were stalled after Chika Odoemene, holding the brief of defense asked for an adjournment on the ground that their supreme witness was currently on admission in a the hospital, which makes it impossible to continue their defense,
He reminded the Court that the prosecution filed this matter since 2016, after which 14 witnesses had been called to testify. He said the defendant didn’t open his defense until January 21, 2020, after his no case submission was rejected by Court.
Justice Tsoho acknowledged the concern of the prosecution and asked the defense to conclude the testimony of the first defendant on the next adjourned date before making excuses for a witness who is yet to appear.
He adjourned the trial till May 24 and 25, 2021.