Looters List: Dokpesi Demands N5 Billion Compensation From FG
The founder of Daar Communications PLC, Raymond Dokpesi, has filed separate charges against the federal government for including his name on a list of alleged national treasury looters.
In a suit dated April 30 and filed at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory Abuja, Dokpesi is asking the Minister of information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, as well as his counterpart in the justice ministry, Abubakar Malami, to pay N5 billion as damages for alleged defamation of character.
Dokpesi is also demanding a refund of N50 million which he described as the cost of instituting the charges.
In a similar motion, Dokpesi asked the court to issue an order enforcing his fundamental rights, allegedly abused by the defendants.
Following the publication of the list of alleged looters of government’s treasury, where Dokpesi was accused of embezzling N2.1 billion, his lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, wrote a pre-litigation letter seeking retraction.
The list released in two batches by the federal government contained a number of politically-exposed persons accused of embezzling public funds.
Most of those in both lists are members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Although Dokpesi is facing trial for alleged diversion of N2.1 billion, the Daar Communications Chairman has denied any involvement in the crime.