Media Mogul Dopkesi Battles To Retrieve His Frozen Account 

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Joseph Bakare

After Appeal court acquitted him, Chairman Emeritus of Daar Communications PLC, Mr Raymond Dokpesi has asked the Federal High Court, Abuja to make an order unfreezing his accounts and also release his documents in the custody of the court.

When the matter was called on Tuesday, July 13, counsel to Dokpesi, Mr Kanu Agabi (SAN), told the court that the frozen accounts and documents were connected to the money laundering allegation levelled against Dokpesi.

Agabi, however, informed the court that the Court of Appeal had since quashed the charge.

“My Lord, it is a straightforward application; and we are prepared to proceed if the court permits,” Agabi said.

However, Mr Oluwaleke Atolagbe, counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes CommissionEFCC), asked the court for time to study the application denying knowledge of it.

“We are not aware that the case is coming up. We only came to court to appear before Justice Inyang Ekwo for another case entirely.

“It was one of the counsels that drew our attention; only for us to find out that the case is listed.

“We hold this court in high esteem and as a mark of respect for the court; we decided to appear before my lord to hint him on how we stumbled on this case.

“In the circumstance, we are not in a position to make the application as it is; because we have to look at the application and let the court know if we are opposing it or not.”

Atolagbe further told the court that the anti-graft agency had filed notices of appeal against the judgment of the appellate court at the Supreme Court.

He prayed the court for an adjournment to allow his team peruse the application.

Reacting, Agabi said the EFCC was served since June 15; and had not filed a counter-affidavit.

The court, however, disclosed that it discovered that the EFCC had not been served; and blamed the bailiff division for not effecting service.

The judge, Justice John Tsoho adjourned the matter until July 19 for a hearing.

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