The controversy surrounding the detention of High Chief Raymond Aleogho Dokpesi by the Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, when he returned from a medical trip to Dubai has taken a new dramatic turn with Chief Dokpesi accusing the NIS of deliberately lying against him.
He is also consulting a team of lawyers led by Chief Kanu Aganbi to take up the matter in court to enforce his right.
Recall that NIS had reacted to the negative publicity generated by its arrest of Chief Dokpesi, who has had to undergo several surgeries in Dubai, accusing him of sneaking in and out of the country.
Providing his passport which showed evidence of NIS exit and entry stamps and Emirates Airline tickets, Chief Dokpesi expresses shock that it is either the Immigration service into which billions of Naira has been pumped to modernize it does not keep records or it is blatantly lying against him on the prompting of the powers that be.
Chief Dokpesi who secured a court order to release his passport to enable him travel when cancer cells were discovered in his blood cells last November presented page eight of his passport where NIS exit stamps in November and March; and re-entry stamps, were clearly shown.
The Daar Communication chairman who was summoned for questioning at the offices of the NIS on 27th March also expressed surprise that the officers who interacted with him were asking “very funny questions.” According to him the officer wanted to know who he met with in his first and second trips and why he had two valid Nigerian passports when the first one had not expired even though the officer is aware that his first passport was full and a new one was reissued from the comptroller general’s office. (See full interview)