Why Govt. Demolished AIT Headquarters in Abuja

The Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA, this Tuesday in Abuja, demolished a structure within the premises of DAAR Communications Plc., owners of African Independent Television, AIT, and Ray Power FM.

Demolished AIT Headquarters in Abuja
Demolished AIT Headquarters in Abuja

The FCTA and DAAR Communications had onNovember 2018 resolved to peacefully settle dispute surrounding a portion ofland occupied by the media company through anout-of-court settlement but that was not implemented.

Despite the demolition, chief of staff tothe FCT minister, Bashir Mai-Borno, who led the demolition team, assured that theminister, Muhammad Musa Bello, would eventually resolve the matter amicably. Heexplained that his visit to the scene was necessary to determine the trueposition of claims and counter-claims by the parties involved, includingcomplaints lodged by other occupiers that their plots had been subsumed by AIT,and that they do not have access to their land.

Reports indicate that although the demolishedstructure belongs to AIT, the demolition may not affect operations at thetelevision station as the demolished building is not an operational building.

Founder of DAAR Communications, RaymondDokpesi, who is also a stalwart of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party,PDP, has been having a legal battle with the federal government over hisalleged involvement in the diversion of N2.1 billion security funds by a formerNational Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki in the previous administration.

He was arrested last month by officials of theNigeria Immigration Service, NIS, at Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja, on hisreturn from medical treatment at the American Hospital, Dubai.

Dokpesi, the NIS said, is on the federalgovernment’s security watch list. The service also said there was instructionfrom above to arrest the businessman on arrival.

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