Dokpesi Regains Freedom, Cancels Press Conference


Raymond Dokpesi

Raymond Dokpesi, the director general of the presidential campaign organisation of former  military dictator Ibrahim Babangida, has been released.

Raymond Dokpesi

He was arrested yesterday night in connection with bomb blasts that killed 12 persons and  injured dozens on independence day in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

He had planned to address the press this morning but the event was later cancelled.

His arrest followed an alleged revealing text message sent to the phone of one of the  suspected bombers.

Dokpesi regained freedom at about 11 p.m. last night after being interrogated.

Dokpesi was said to have reported himself to the State Security Service, SSS,  Headquarters last night following an invitation sent to him by the SSS in connection with  the bomb explosions.

He was directed to report back at the SSS headquarters at about 3 p.m. today.

A hurriedly assembled press conference scheduled for 10 a.m. today was suspended  following the decision of the IBB Campaign Organisation to consult widely before meeting  with the press over the alleged involvement of the organisation’s Director General in the  blast.

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Kaseem Afegbua, spokesman to IBB Campaign Organisation said the interrogation of Dokpesi  won’t affect Babangida’s plan to challenge President Goodluck Jonathan to secure the  ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party nomination for the presidential election due early next  year.

“We’re more resolute now, more than ever before,” he said.

Journalists who thronged the Maitama District office of Ibrahim Babangida Campaign  Organisation were informed that the press briefing would no longer hold as expected owing  to the desire of the organisation to consult widely before addressing the press on the  damning allegation about the correspondence between Dokpesi and one of the suspects of  the Abuja blast.

P.M.NEWS, however, discovered that the postponement of the press parley may not be  unconnected with the directive issued to  Dokpesi by security officials who interrogated  him yesterday.

The IBB Campaign organisation may have shelved the briefing in order not to aggravate  issues for its Director General who is scheduled to return for more interrogation this  afternoon.

The alleged text message allegedly sent to one of the suspects of the blast who is  already in custody, was said to have inquired if the AIT boss had paid the balance of  their fee for the bomb attack.

—Nnamdi Felix / Abuja

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