Maven calls questioning by authorities 'malicious'

Forget Silvio Berlusconi and his controversies. A Nigerian media mogul has sued the country’s secret police after he was hauled in for questioning following a police investigation of bombings in the capital earlier this month.

Chief Raymond Dokpesi is chairman of Daar Communications, one of Nigeria’s most powerful media groups, which runs the country’s first independent radio station and its largest private web, among other holdings.

Dokpesi is seeking 100 million naira ($660,000) in damages from the country’s State Security Service (SSS), claiming his arrest was “malicious.”

According to Nigerian media, Dokpesi’s name was mentioned in text messages sent from the phone of one of the prime suspects.

Earlier this year, Dokpesi was named campaign director for former military ruler Ibrahim Babangida, who is contesting next year’s presidential elections. Dokpesi’s supporters accused the government of a “witch hunt.” The government has played down rumors that Dokpesi’s detainment was politically motivated.

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