FOUNDER of DAAR Communications plc, owners of African Independent Television (AIT), Raymond Dokpesi, has died at the age of 71.
It was gathered that Dokpesi, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) died at a hospital in Abuja in the early hours of Monday, May 29.
Family sources said he suffered a mild stroke but was recovering until he died. It was learnt that he appeared at a Federal Capital Territory High Court on Thursday, May 25.
Dokpesi’s family has released a statement to confirm his passing.
The statement, signed by his son, Raymond Dokpesi (Jnr), read: “It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of High Chief Raymond Aleogho Anthony Dokpesi (Ezomo of Weppa-Wanno Kingdom) who passed away on May 29th, 2023. High Chief Dokpesi was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
“High Chief Dokpesi was also a respected and accomplished businessman, a pioneer in the media industry, and a philanthropist who dedicated his life to the service of his country and his community. His legacy will live on through the impact he made on the lives of many.
“The Dokpesi family is grateful for the outpouring of love and support during this difficult time. We ask that you keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we mourn the loss of our patriarch. We also ask for privacy during this time as we grieve together as a family.
“The family will release further details on the funeral arrangements in due course.
“May his soul rest in peace.”