Raymond Dokpesi the pioneer who established the first private 24hr radio and TV station in Nigeria dies after falling off his gym bike
Raymond Dokpesi, founder of DAAR Communications parent company of the African Independent Television(AIT) and Ray Power FM, died in Abuja the Nigerian capital Monday, according to a statement by his family.
Dokpesi, 71, was also an opposition chieftain under the banner of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP).
Raymond Dokpesi jnr, announced the passing of his father in a statement on Monday.
“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,” the statement reads.
“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.”
He added that more details on the funeral arrangements will be released in due course.
In a DAAR communications statement, Tony Akiotu, group managing director, said Dokpesi who had been ill for a few weeks fell off his threadmill during a routine gym exercise.
According to an unnamed family source, Dokpesi had been battling health issues since suffering a stroke shortly after the conclusion of the recent Ramadan fast.
The family source confirmed while using the gym in Abuja, watching the ongoing inaugural activities, an electrical fault occurred which resulted in his electrocution.
Dokpesi was rushed to the nearest hospital where he later died.
Akowe with reports from Abuja
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