Court orders EFCC to remove Dokpesi from watch list


Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to remove the name of politician and founder of the African Independent Television (AIT), Raymond Dokpesi, from its watch list.

Justice John Tsoho handed out the order on Monday while ruling on an application by Dokpesi.

Justice Tsoho was of the view that there was no justification for the EFCC to retain Dokpesi’s name on its watch list since no criminal charges or allegations were pending against him.Related Posts

The judge, who is also the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, noted that retaining Dokpesi’s name on EFCC’s watch list amounted to disobeying an earlier judgment of the Court of Appeal, Abuja, which in April this year quashed the alleged N2.1billion procurement fraud charge against Dokpesi.

The Court of Appeal had, in the April 1 judgment, held among others, that the prosecuting agency, the EFCC failed to establish a prima facie case against Dokpesi.

Justice Elfreda Williams-Dawodu, in the lead judgment, held that the ingredients of the offences alleged in the seven-count charge were not established by the prosecution as required by law.

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