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Dokpesi: Controversy Over Airport Incident Deepens As UK To Probe Crime Of Unnamed 71-year-old Man




The London Metropolitan Police, United Kingdom, has stated that it is investigating a 71-year-old who was apprehended at Heathrow Airport on Sunday on suspicion of rape.

This announcement is coming following the arrest of the founder of DAAR Communications Plc, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, who was delayed by the Met Police at Heathrow Airport on Sunday for a few hours.

Naija News recalls that Dokpesi had arrived via Frankfurt from Abuja on a Lufthansa airline flight but was invited off the plane before other passengers disembarked.

However, DAAR communications explained that Dokpesi was in London in connection with an invitation extended to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, by the British government to speak on the 2023 presidential elections.

They explained that he was delayed for some hours before his passport was stamped and he was cleared by the British immigration official.

But responding to inquiries from The Punch about the reasons for Dokpesi’s arrest, the Met Police in an email did not mention the PDP chief’s name.

The mail read, “On Sunday, 8 January, a 71-year-old man was arrested at Heathrow Airport on suspicion of rape. The arrest relates to an allegation of rape in August 2019. The man has been bailed, pending further enquiries, to a date in early April. Enquiries into the circumstances continue.

“Please, note that we don’t confirm the identity of any person who has been arrested but not charged.”

Dokpesi could not be reached for comment on the statement from the police.

However, a source in DAAR Communication told the aforementioned publication that  “Rape! It’s not possible. I am not in the UK and don’t have information on why Dokpesi was held and released. If it was a rape case, will they release him? It is the most unfair allegation against him. Where did the rape occur? Is it in Nigeria or UK?

“If Nigeria didn’t fight, is it the UK that will fight him over rape? Those who are brandishing that false allegation should be able to say where the alleged rape took place. Those brandishing that nonsense are not fair to that man.

“Rape! At what age? Something that he didn’t do at a younger age, is it at over 70 years that he would do that?”