FCT authorities demolish structures within AIT compound

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Officials of the Federal Capital Territory Development Authority (FCDA) have demolished structures within DAAR communications premises in Abuja, Today’s Echo has gathered

According to reports, the officials arrived the office of DAAR communications, owners of African Independent Television (AIT) and RayPower FM, around 11am on Tuesday, before pulling down some structures.

An official of DAAR Communications said the building meant for security staff of the organisation had been demolished.

According to a staff member of AIT, demolition of the building was being handled by officials of the Federal Capital Territory Development Authority (FCDA).

“It is true that a demolition is going on but it is the Gate House for the security officials, and it is a little away from the main building,” said the AIT official who asked not to be named.
“Yes, it’s an AIT property but the good thing is, it’s not an operational building, so its demolition will not affect the core of what AIT does”.

Raymond Dokpesi, founder of DAAR Communications, is standing trial for alleged involvement in the diversion of N2.1 billion security funds by Sambo Dasuki, former National Security Adviser (NSA).

He was arrested by officials of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) at Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja, last month on his return from medical treatment at the American Hospital, Dubai, with AIT quoting an immigration officer as saying Dokpesi is on the Federal Government’s security watch list, and that there were instructions from above to arrest him on arrival.

Dokpesi subsequently hosted a question-and-answer session on the arrest, during which he spoke on what transpired when he was questioned at the NIS, and confirmed that there were “altercations and tempers went very high”.

It is still not clear why the demolishing is taking place but the action has caused panic among workers and residents of the area.

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