NigeriaDecides: Oshiomhole, AIT’s Dokpesi trade blames for attacks in Edo

Raymond Dokpesi

The Edo State government and the owner of Daar Communications, Raymond Dokpesi, on Sunday exchanged words over allegations of sponsoring attacks on voters in Edo.

A spokesperson for Governor Adams Oshiomhole in a message sent to PREMIUM TIMES accused Mr. Dokpesi of using soldiers to attack voters in the state.

The spokesperson, Peter Okhiria, quoted Mr. Oshiomhole as making the accusations while speaking to journalists in the state after casting his vote at Unit 1, Ward 10, Iyamho.

“To my surprise, the man that I respect so much, High Chief Raymond Dokpesi who I regard as a brother brought troops to Auchi, attacked women, beat up elderly people, attacked the electorate and disrupted elections at Auchi once they saw that the result being announced so far favoured APC and favoured Buhari,” Mr. Oshiomhole said.

The governor was quoted as saying he found it confusing that the media owner had access to soldiers for personal task.

“Dokpesi brought Army from nowhere. I don’t know when Dokpesi became commander in chief of the Army to have such rights,” he said.

However, Mr. Dokpesi denied the allegations and expressed surprise it was coming from the governor.

“My brother Comrade Adams could never have made the spurious allegations you claim he made against me. We come a very long way,” he said in a text message to PREMIUM TIMES.

Mr. Dokpesi said he was the person attacked by some APC leaders while he was leaving the Edo State.

“I am to formally inform you that on my way to Abuja this evening I went to see Hajia Hadizat Inu Umoru at Aibotse/Igbe primary school off Igbe Road in Auchi.

“One Magaji Usman -APC state vice chairman and Agbor attacked me at the location.

“They shot and threw stones at my vehicle. In order to avoid unnecessary bloodbath I pleaded with my armed escorts not to touch anyone,” the owner of Nigeria’s first private radio and television stations said.

“I have since reported to the Auchi Area Command.”

In his statement on Sunday, Mr. Oshiomhole also accused the military of working for Nigeria’s ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to intimidate voters.

“There are disturbing stories in many places. The Army has been used in a very criminal way to harass, intimidate and beat up voters in many units. For example at Fugar, our officers there were beaten up,” Mr. Oshiomhole said.

He said soldiers beat up many voters up in Fugar and also arrested the local government chairman. He said the chairman was taken away to the barracks on the orders of a General Odidi.

The statement also accused the Nigerian military of clamping down on civilian activities in Edo North Local Government Area, shutting all entry and exits points in the area from which Mr. Oshiomhole hails.

Some road users who were unaware of the situation were reportedly caught by the unannounced military action while some others were whipped or harassed by the soldiers from Saturday till early Sunday, the statement said.

While the Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba announced a restriction of movement from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on election day, motorists trapped at a military checkpoint at Agbede, the gateway into Edo North bordering Ewu in Edo Central told reporters that the soldiers manning the checkpoint said they have orders to stop movement in and out of Edo North till midnight, the statement said.

The statement said journalists and electoral officials were also harassed by the soldiers.

Mr. Oshiomhole also accused popular Benin businessman, Gabriel Igbinedion, of violating the electoral law.

He accused Mr. Igbinedion, whose son is a former governor of the state, of luring voters with money on election day.

“In Ovia North East and Ovia South West, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion who is a registered voter in Oredo, today he has been everywhere in ovia North East and Ovia South West, sharing money on election day under the supervision of the Nigeria Police,” Mr. Oshiomhole was quoted as saying in the statement.

“As the Governor of Edo State, I have chosen to be here. It is the sensible thing to do, to obey the law. Yes, Igbinedion’s daughter may be contesting but that does not give him the right to move around,” the governor added.


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  • Double U

    Shame on Dopkesi.
    we need serious reforms with our security agencies in Nigeria.

  • Fatai Adekunle

    Raymond Dopkesi/Ayo Fayose/Musiliu Obanikoro=Use of Nigerian Military to Rig Nigerian Elections. Just as we have the military Ekitigate, Raymond Dopkesi are you going to give us Edogate? Nigerian ruling elites are the most useless and bankrupt. Nothing good can come from them-deadbodies-Shame on you Raymond Dopkesi.

    • Maxi

      Dokpexi or whatever his name is, is just digging his grave deeper. First airing wrong documentary on a president to be, secondly used the military to rig elections. I can’t see how this guy would not face court case and perhaps jail term!!!

    • Curseless

      Anywhere in the world you are referring to is only Nigeria, because the most powerful man on the planet Barack Obama goes around with secret service not marines or green beret

  • Christian Akpan

    oshimole; for being brain behind a deceit of shuch magnitude and rushing to the press to twist word will not help you and your APC this time. Every body knows that chife remond dopkesi did not have problematic antecedent, he is one of the few rich nigerians that can stay for 7 years without hearing his voice, neither his wrong doing by the press. for you oshimole the world knows that you can never lack complain or accept any wrong doing since you become a governor.I wonder if you are a saint, because no politician is a saint, talkless of a former union leader. you are a reminiscent of your party mam Rotimi Ameach, who complain for everything.

    • Bayonle

      Factual Question is: Did Raymond Dopkesi move around with soldiers during this election? Answer is: Yes. Second question is: Sould Raymond Dopkesi have access to soldiers and do soldiers have any business in a civil act such as election? Answer is No. Please deal with these two questions.

      • Christian Akpan

        there is no law in any part of the world which stop a highly revered important personality from going around with the military for the safety of his life. especially in this delicate elction time, when he has apropraitly and legaly acquired their services from the military high command.

        • Bayonle

          Hence President Jonathan will use the Raymond Dopkesi and the military to rig in Edo state. Thank you for the confirmation.

        • Curseless

          Anywhere in the world you’re referring to is only the Nigerian world, because the most powerful man on the face of the earth Barack Obama goes around with these secret service not marines or green beret.

        • Ms. Thenjiwe Obong

          where did you get your facts from? of course it is illegal for any citizen to go around with a bunch of military people for protection. there is no where in the world where it is legal. such ideas or acts breeds corruption. now I do know that your can hire the police for a fee for protection, but never the army. do you not believe in the rule of law? have the court not ruled against using the military in the election? the police are able to protect.

          • Christian Akpan

            swaer before the morning star that you witness military presence in the location you voted. not minding the fact that today is the 48 hours from the onset of the election and no one has purplicly or secretly came out to prove military brutality and harassment on him or her, with pictures or video evidence to back up such claims.seemingly by the fact above it simply confirm that military was not deployed in this elction, in conformity to the judgment of the court. because if there were deployed I think the impact and consequences of miltary deployment wouldn’t have gone on notice In 36 state of the federation.

      • Christian Akpan

        Hope you knows that going round with the military is very expensive, and there is nothing wrong for any body who have the money to acquire it.

        • Bayonle

          Again, I thank you as a representative of President Jonathan and PDP for confirming that it is the right thing to do to involve the Nigerian military in politics. Thank you so much. The world has noted that.

    • Sincerely Yours

      Are you talking about the same dokpesi of ait, who was IBB’s campaign director in 2011, who the fed. govt accused of contract fraud awarded to daar communication for outside broadcast, who because of the fear of prosecution, decided it will be in his best interest to be in jonathan’s camp?

  • El Niño

    APC, for the sake of the workers at the AIT station i would have recommended the miserable TV station be shot down when you come to power to teach it criminal owner a lesson. The TV station is useless and lacking in substance.

  • New Nigerian

    Dokpesi is a chronically unserious person…. He is the sort of guy who would rather provide social amenities to his contractor – party, booze, good times while failing to settle the bill for the main job…..and I am not making this up….so I am not surprised at what he has evolved into, a poodle for King Nebuchadnezzer

  • Osaro Kings Onabor

    Chieft Gabriel osawaru igbinedion nor fear and he nor shame produce one of his children to contest for this election after wetin he pikin lucky igbinedion do to that state, them say wonder shall never End. Maybe money don dry he want sponsor any of his children to an elective position to steal money for him, that is what is son did, the former governor