A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to remove the name of politician and founder of the African Independent Television (AIT), Raymond Dokpesi, from its watch list.
Justice John Tsoho handed out the order on Monday while ruling on an application by Dokpesi.
Justice Tsoho was of the view that there was no justification for the EFCC to retain Dokpesi’s name on its watch list since no criminal charges or allegations were pending against him.
The Court of Appeal had, in the April 1 judgment, held among others, that the prosecuting agency, the EFCC failed to establish a prima facie case against Dokpesi.
Justice William-Dowodu further held that there was nothing in the evidence of the 14 witnesses called by the prosecution to persuade the court to compel the appellant to enter defence in the charges where ingredients of the offence were not provided.
At the conclusion of the prosecution’s case, Dokpesi and his firm made a no-case submission, which the Federal High Court rejected in a ruling in November 2018.
They appealed the decision at the Court of Appeal, Abuja, which appeal was upheld in a unanimous judgment of the appellate court’s three-member bench, delivered on April 1, 2021.