Tuesday, 15 December 2015

AIT Boss Raymond Dokpesi Facing Graft Charges Granted Bail

A Nigerian court on Monday granted conditional bail to the founder of the country's first private radio and television stations who is facing fraud and money laundering charges.

The case is part of a wider probe into disputed arms deals under former president Goodluck Jonathan by the new government of President Muhammadu Buhari who took over in May. Raymond Dokpesi, head of Raypower FM and Africa Independent Television (AIT), was brought before a federal high court in Abuja last week on six charges of corruption.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges of collecting 2.1 billion naira ($10.5 million, 9.6 million euros) from the then-national security advisor Sambo Dasuki, who is himself facing similar charges.The charges allege that between October 2014 and March 2015 Dokpesi, who is chairman of Daar Communications, "conducted procurement fraud by means of fraudulent and corrupt act".

The money was to provide publicity to the then-Jonathan's ruling Peoples Democratic Party.(PDP).

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