Alleged N2.1bn Fraud: Absence of Dokpesi’s lawyer stalls trial

The court had, on November 21, 2018, asked Dokpesi to open his defence in the N2.1 billion money laundering charge brought against him by the federal government.

Prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) informed the court yesterday that a letter was served on him that Agabi was bereaved and would not be in court.

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He said Agabi’s suggestion that the matter be adjourned till April 21 was a deliberate attempt to frustrate the matter and urged the court to adjourn the matter till Thursday for the defendant to open his case.

Responding, the defence counsel, Ayo Ogundele, who stood in for Agabi said the learned SAN has been the one handling the matter and that, it will be unfair for another lawyer to take over the conduct of the matter.

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