Again, counsel’s absence stalls Dokpesi’s N2.1b alleged fraud trial



The absence of the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) in court yesterday stalled the trial of erstwhile Chairman of DAAR Communications Plc., Dr. Raymond Dokpesi, at the Federal High Court, Abuja.

Dokpesi is being tried for an alleged N2.1 billion fraud preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commissions (EFCC).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the case had suffered several adjournments at the instance of the prosecution.

At the resumed hearing yesterday, the defence counsel, Mr. Ifedayo Adedipe, informed the court that Jacobs was absent in court.

Adedipe said Jacobs had sent a message to inform the defence team that he was scheduled to appear in another case at the Appeal Court on the same day.

He stated that the information had been communicated to the lead counsel for the defence, Mr. Wole Olanipekun (SAN), who had already flown into Abuja from Lagos for the case.

The prosecution, therefore, said it was taking the upcoming court vacation into consideration and urged the court for a long adjournment to enable the prosecuting team put its house in order.

Consequently, Justice James Tsoho adjourned the case to October 19.

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