Raymond Dokpesi arrested as he returned from Dubai

Raymond Dokpesi arrested as he returned from Dubai

Founder of DAAR Communications, owners of African Independent television (AIT), Raymond Dokpesi was on Friday arrested at Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuj

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Founder of DAAR Communications, owners of African Independent television (AIT), Raymond Dokpesi was on Friday arrested at Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja. The media mogul was returning to the country, after seeking medical treatment in Dubai, when he was picked up around 4pm. AIT confirmed the arrest via its Twitter, saying no reason was given for the arrest.

The station later quoted an official of the Nigerian Immigration Service as saying that there was an order from above for Raymond Dokpesi to be arrested since he is on the security watch-list of the federal government. Dokpesi is standing trial for allegedly receiving N2.1 billion from the office of the national security adviser (NSA) for the media campaign of the PDP in the buildup to the 2015 elections.

He has dismissed the allegations of abuse of security funds under the last government, accusing the current administration of witch-hunting members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).