United Kingdom (UK) police briefly detained DAAR Communications founder Raymond Dokpesi upon his arrival at London’s Heathrow airport on Sunday, his office said.
Mr Dokpesi was picked up shortly after arriving at Heathrow on a connecting flight via Frankfurt from Abuja. He was invited to get off the plane for questioning before other passengers disembarked.
A statement from Dokpesi’s office on Monday morning said the media chief was only “delayed at the airport for a few hours” before his passport was stamped and he was cleared by British immigration officials to enter the country.
It’s not immediately clear why Dokpesi was arrested, but his office said he is “well and healthy.”
Mr Dokpesi is in the UK at the invitation of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
The media chief, owner of Nigeria’s first private radio station, Ray Power, is a leading member of the PDP.
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Abubakar is expected to give a presentation on issues related to the 2023 presidential election this week in London.
In his statement on Monday, the AIT founder thanked supporters for their “outpouring of love and support” following news of the incident.
While Mr Dokpesi was briefly detained, another top PDP politician, Ike Ekweremadu, has been in custody in the UK since he was arrested last year on organ trafficking charges, PREMIUM TIMES reports.
Mr. Ekweremadu and his wife were arrested, but although the politician’s wife was released on bail, he has been denied bail while his prosecution continues.
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