Dokpesi, firm to face N2.1 bln money laundering charges after A/Court judgment
Raymond Dokpesi and Daar Investment and Holdings Company Limited will have to go back to the Federal High Court in Abuja to defend themselves on the N2.1 billion money laundering charges against them.
This became imperative as the Court of Appeal in a judgment on Friday struck out their appeal challenging the November 21, 2018 ruling of the Federal High Court in Abuja that they had a case to answer.
The Appeal Court struct out the duos appeal because it has no jurisdiction to hear the case, translating to Dokpesi and his company going back to the High Court to face their charges unless they choose to go further to the Supreme Court on appeal.
The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, John Tsoho, had in the said ruling on their no-case submission, held that the prosecution had led a prima facie case warranting the defendants to explain their own side of the story.
However, Dokpesi had through their lawyer, Kanu Agabi, appealed against the judgment had headed to the Appeal Court to get the judgment upturn.
In its judgment on the appeal on Friday, a three-man panel of the Court of Appeal struck out the appeal by Dokpesi and his firm on the grounds that it lacked jurisdiction to hear it.
Justice Stephen Adah who delivered the lead judgment of the Court of Appeal held that the two notices of appeal, dated November 26 and 30, 2018, filed jointly for Dokpesi and DAAR Investment by their lawyer were incompetent.