A portion of Daar Communications, building in Abuja was on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, demolished by the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA).
Daar Communications owns African Independent Television (AIT) and RayPower FM.
Located at Kpaduma Hill, Asokoro District of Abuja, the structure was said to have encroached into the land allocated to other Nigerians.
A statement signed by the coordinator of the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, Umar Shuaibu, said only a ‘portion of a fence’ was demolished.
"The demolition was not to upset the Management of DAAR Communications but to remove a portion of a fence around the AIT premises that legally belongs to other citizens of the country," the statement said.
Shuaibu said the fence was causing ’obstruction’ to neighbours adding that the demolition came after the Council failed to reach an amicable agreement with Dokpesi.
He said Daar Communication failed to “voluntarily remove the illegal fence and other structures”.
He explained that Dokpesi visited the FCT Minister in November 2018 to resolve the dispute regarding the actual size of land legally allocated to DAAR Communications “as against the area covered by their perimeter fence after which both parties at the end reached an agreement”.
“There (was an) illegal encroachment into plots of lands belonging to many Nigerians and the refusal by the Management of DAAR Communications to abide by the agreement reached between it and the FCT Administration. Officials from the Department of Development Control of the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council led by the Director, today removed a portion of the fence around the premises of the Africa Independent Television (AIT) in the Asokoro District of Abuja.
"It is important to let the public know that this removal was not intended to inflict any pain on the owners of the property but rather to enable other citizens to have access to their legitimate properties. It is also a culmination of a series of meetings between the Management of DAAR Communications, owners of AIT, and the Federal Capital Territory administration to end many years of misunderstanding.
“Specifically, in November last year, the Management of DAAR Communications led by High Chief Raymond Dokpesi paid a courtesy visit to the FCT Minister and they were received on his behalf by Chief of Staff to the FCT Minister, Bashir Mai-Borno, who led the FCTA team made up of relevant directors and others in the discussions.
“The purpose of the discussions was to resolve the protracted dispute regarding the actual size of land legally allocated to DAAR Communications as against the area covered by their perimeter fence. The whole idea was for both parties to mutually agree to reach a settlement that would bring about a permanent solution and forge ahead for the development of the FCT and the nation at large.
“The FCT Administration was therefore left with no other option than to do the needful by removing the illegal structures. With this removal, other allottees are now free to access their plots of land,” the official said.
DAAR Communications, a private broadcasting organisation in Nigeria, was founded by Raymond Dokpesi in 2007.