A former Director, Administration and Finance, Office of the National Security Adviser, Shuaibu Salisu Abdulmalik, Tuesday told a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja that the founder of DAAR Investment Company Ltd, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, and the company received N2.1billion from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) without executing any contract.
Abdulmalik made this disclosure as the second prosecution witness in the trial of Chief Dokpesi and the company before Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court Abuja for allegations of money laundering and breach of public trust.
Dokpesi was initially arraigned on December 9, 2015 before Justice Gabriel Kolawole on a six-count charge before the matter was transferred to Justice John Tsoho Led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), Abdulmalik who identified himself as an official of National Intelligence Agency (NIA), said “between 2010 and 2015.
I was posted to the office of the NSA as Principal Staff Officer, Presidential Air fleet Account, from where I was made Director, Administration and Finance, ONSA. “My schedule of duty includes administration, finance duties which include preparation of budget, salary payment, liaising with the Accountant General office, Ministry of Finance, general payment in the office and any other payment the NSA directed me to make. Abdulmalik said he knew the defendant sometime in mid January 2015, “when the then former NSA, Col Dasuki, gave me the phone number of Mr Dokpesi, that I should call him and he would give me an account number where I will pay in N500 million.”
“When I called him, that this is what the NSA had directed me to do, Dokpesi said he would send his PA, I can’t remember her name, she is a woman to that effect. “He sent the PA to my office, and I noticed it was a personal account details bearing the name, Raymond Dokpesi.
“I then called Dokpesi and told him that the CBN will not pay in money to a personal account, it has to be an account with a company name. So, he now promised to reverse back to me, and the PA left.
The next day, she came back with a First Bank details of Daar Communications Ltd, from where I collected it and made the payment mandate for the NSA signature as directed by him.” When asked the purpose, Abdulmalik said the NSA did not give him any, “so I have to develop reason to enable the CBN make the payment. “I developed the reason “media campaign” the NSA did not give me reason for the payment.”
Abdulmalik stated. After preparing the mandate, “I took it to the NSA for signature, he was satisfied and he signed it and I signed my own part and took it to the CBN. “There was no contract between ONSA and Dokpesi’s company. “Sometimes, 1st of February, the NSA called me to pay the sum of N500 million into Daar Communications Ltd account, I already have the account and I paid.
“After preparing the payment mandate, I took it to the NSA for his signature as usual, from where I now take it to the CBN for payment. “In the same February, I was called by the NSA to make additional payment of N620million, which I did, following the normal process. “Again, in March 2015, the NSA called me and said we are making additional N500million into the account of Daar Communications and Holdings Ltd.
I prepared the mandate, took it to the NSA who approved and put his signature. I took the mandate to the CBN for payment. “I counter signed those four payment mandates in my capacity as Director, Administration and Finance, ONSA. “The total amount was N2.1billion and I developed the “reason” because for the CBN to make any payment, there must be a “reason” for it. The NSA did not give me any reason,” he said.
On whether there was a contract, Abdulmalik insisted, “to the best of my knowledge, there was no contract between Dokpesi, Daar Communications Ltd and ONSA because I was the one in charge of signing contracts on behalf of the NSA.”