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The Metropolitan Police of London has explained wHy it arrested a 71-year-old Nigerian who is believed to be Raymond Dokpesi, the founder of DAAR Communications Limited, owners of Africa Independent Television (AIT) and Raypower FM.

There were reports of Sunday, January 8, 2023, claiming Dokpesi was arrested by the Metropolitan Police on his arrival at Heathrow Airport, London.

Although the reports did not state the reason for the arrest, a spokesperson of the Met Police told DECENCY GLOBAL NEWS in an email on Monday, January 9, 2022, that a 71-year-old Nigerian man was “arrested at Heathrow Airport on suspicion of rape.”

“The arrest relates to an allegation of rape in August 2019,” the spokesperson added in the email send to Neusroom. “The man has been bailed, pending further enquiries, to a date in early April.”

The Met Police added that enquiries into the circumstances continue.

Meanwhile, the management of AIT in a statement on Monday said Dokpesi was only delayed at the airport on his arrival “via Frankfurt from Abuja on a Lufthansa airlines flight and was invited off the plane, before other passengers were disembarked.”

The statement did not reveal why he was arrested but added that Dokpesi, who is the Deputy Director-General, Technical and Systems of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, was “delayed at the airport for some hours before his passport was stamped and he was cleared by British Immigration officials for entry into the country”.

Dokpesi’s arrest is coming seven months after another Nigerian high profile politician Ike Ekweremadu, his wife Beatrice and doctor – Obina Obeta, were arrested in the UK over allegation of organ harvesting.

Ekweremadu, Nigeria’s former Deputy Senate President, his wife and a doctor are presently standing trial in the UK, after being accused of taking a 21-year-old man to the UK to have his kidney removed and donated to their daughter.