Following his arrest on Wednesday, the Chairman of Daar Communication, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, has accused the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government of targeting and intimidating members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Backstory: Dokpesi who was detained upon his return from Dubai on Friday and eventually called in for questioning by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) on Wednesday, made these allegations after his release from the NIS headquarters.
- “I can state categorically that this is the handiwork of the Buhari-led Federal Government. There is nothing I can do. I am in court already. I am a citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It is on my sweat that I go for treatment.”
- “The Federal Government is on an intimidation ploy and they are after everybody in the PDP. I’m undaunted. In fact, the more they do this, the more I’m defiant and the more I’m resolute to stand for the good of the ordinary people of Nigeria.”
The passport issue: Dokpesi was allegedly quizzed for two and half hours over his passport which, he said, he had promptly returned to the Federal High Court, upon his return to the country.
- “If you the immigration service with the instruction from above require my passport, then write directly to the Federal High Court and request for the passport. If you like, you can copy me for me to be able to go there and say, look I am supposed to be a courier, has the Court approved it and I will return it clearly, but that did not happen and that made us have altercations and tempers went very high.”
Backstory: Dokpesi is currently being investigated for allegedly receiving N2.1 billion from former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, who has been in detention since 2015.
Presidency’s response via Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity: “Buhari is a parasite on Nigeria – Dokpesi. What then do you call the one who nicks N2.1 billion, caught red handed, brought to trial and is monkeying with our courts?”
Statement from NIS: The agency’s spokesman, Sunday Abraham, said the agency was simply doing its job.