Raymond Dokpesi, Son clash over comment on COVID-19

Founder of DAAR Communications Plc, Raymond Dokpesi has clashed with his son over comments made on Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Recall the media mogul had said that he was being treated with malaria drugs while in isolation, adding that he was confused about the difference between COVID-19 and malaria.

But in an internal memo to the staff of Africa Independent Television and Raypower, Dokpesi asked the two media outlets to pull down his comment and his son's views on the pandemic.

He added that following his meeting with the federal government and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, the issue has been resolved and no comments should be broadcast.

He said, “I write to request you to discontinue referencing the comments and views expressed by both the founder, Engr. Raymond A.A Dokpesi, and the Chairman, Chief Raymond Dokpesi Jnr, in all your news bulletins and in fact bring them down from your official websites for now.

“Very senior citizens and elders have argued and I agree with them that I should have addressed a private message to the PTF and the Presidency rather than cast aspersions on their methods thereby creating doubts in the minds of the public.

"I also agree to an immediate truce.”

However, reacting to the development, Dokpesi Jnr has condemned the plan by his father to supres his views on the pandemic.

Not satisfied with his father’s censorship of his views, Dokpesi Jnr was said to have told some DAAR Communication staff that he will not grant any more interviews to his father's media comapny.

He said, “I note and observe that the Facebook link that started trending has been taken down. I regret the action but reserve comment.

“Please note that this was my last interview with any DAAR Communications PLC media and I will never grant this media house comment on any issue whatsoever.

"If you have interest in any comment I may have, you may report it from other media houses or from my personal social media comments.

"Please do not even consider approaching me for any comments. Official comments regarding DAAR Communications PLC shall henceforth be routed via press release through the ED Corporate Communications or the Company Secretary.”

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