Raymond Dokpesi, Chairman of DAAR Communications, has disclosed that his United States’ visa has been revoked after his name was published as one of the alleged looters in Nigeria.
Dokpesi, who made this known on Monday in a lawsuit he instituted against Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Tourism at the FCT High Court, is seeking damages to the tune of N5billion for “defamation of character.”
The media mogul, whose case was filed by his counsel, Mike Ozekhome, SAN, stated that he was informed by the US Embassy in Nigeria of the withdrawal of his visa on March 16.
He said in the suit that the official explanation by the US embassy was that his visa was cancelled because his name appeared on the list of looters reportedly sent to it.
The former PDP Presidential aspirant in the suit argued that “the defendants’ defamatory publications are malicious and calculated to overreach and prejudice my fair trial and for purposes of stampeding and cowing the court to convict me at all cost by agreeing with the defendants’ skewed position.”
Dokpesi also prayed the court to ask Mohammed to publish a retraction and an apology to him in various media platforms.
Furthermore, the plaintiff urged the court to issue a perpetual injunction restraining the defendants, including Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation or their agents, from further making “any defamatory publication” against him.
No date has been fixed for the suit.
Dokpesi is presently standing trial for allegedly receiving N2.1 billion from the office of the previous national security adviser (ONSA), Sambo Dasuki.