Founder of DAAR Communications and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Raymond Dokpesi, was on Friday arrested at Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja.
He was said to have been arrested upon returning to the country after seeking medical treatment in Dubai.
Officials of the Nigerian Immigration Service were quoted as saying hat there was an order from above for Dokpesi to be arrested since he is on the security watch-list of the federal government.
Dokpesi is standing trial for allegedly receiving N2.1 billion from the office of the national security adviser (NSA) for the media campaign of the PDP in the buildup to the 2015 elections.
The media mogul has dismissed the allegations of abuse of security funds under the last government, accusing the current administration of witch-hunting members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“Having said so, I must assure you that there is nothing like the much flaunted $2.1 billion dollars arms deal, it does not exist. It’s a figment of the imagination of the current administration in an attempt to disseminate, misinform, destroy the very root of the PDP and you must stand, each and every one of you must stand for the Peoples Democratic Party,” Dokpesi had said at a programme in Abuja.
However, his name featured on a list of alleged looters released by Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture.