Chief Dokpesi: FGN desperate to silence AIT, Says Edo PDP

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The Edo State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has reacted to the demolition of DAAR Communications.

The Edo State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has reacted to the demolition of DAAR Communications.

PDP Traffic shelter
PDP Traffic shelter

The PDP in a statement signed in Benin City on Thursday by its State Publicity Secretary, Chris Nehikhare, the party said it’s obvious that the AIT Chairman, Chief Raymond Dokpesi was targeted for intimidation, harassment and a Mafiosi style shake down.

The Officials of the Federal Capital Territory Development Authority (FCDA) demolished the Gate House, a building within the premises of DAAR Communications-owners of African Independent Television (AIT) and RayPower FM.

According to Mr. Nehikhare, “Since the enthronement of this government nearly four years ago, the FG has continued to use its security agencies and MDAs especially the EFCC, Nigeria Immigration Service, NSA and the ministry of Federal Capital Territory to harass and intimidate Chief Dokpesi, Founder/Chairman Emeritus, DAAR communications Ltd. “

“Edo PDP condemns in very strong terms the demolition of sections of DAAR Communications building by officials of the FCT and the recent illegal detention of Chief Raymond Dokpesi at the international Airport by Nigeria Immigration services (NIS) as he returned from an overseas medical trip.

“The latest infringement on his fundamental human rights and the demolition of the buildings inside the DAAR communications compound is a clear sign of the emergence of a ruthless dictatorship that is averse to opposition, freedom of association, free speech and freedom of expression.

“Chief Raymond Dokpesi’s DAAR communications has been located in its present address for decades. Even when parties are in arbitration, the government has shown its desperation to hurt Chief Dokpesi and DAAR communications as it went ahead to demolish and not wait for settlement one way or the other.  These contrived challenges are not unconnected to the independence of DAAR communications as it allows all shades of political opinion, and this obviously irritates a budding dictatorship.”

Meanwhile, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has explained why it destroyed the structure, saying the organisation encroached into the land the land in which the structure was erected illegally.

The Coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, AMMC Umar Shuaibu told journalists in Abuja on Tuesday that the fence was removed because AIT failed to meet up with the agreement it reached with the administration.


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