The Rivers State House of Assembly has reversed ownership of the 868 plots of land occupied in Rivers State by Daar Communications.
Daar Communications was founded by High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party.
The vast land housing all AIT operations in Rivers State and the South South is located along the NTA Road in Obio Akpor Local Government Area of the state.
There were indications that the development might begin a major crisis between the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, and Dokpesi.
The lawmakers’ decision followed a report presented during plenary by the Assembly House Committee on Public Complains and Petitions, which investigated land acquisition petitions against Dokpesi’s company by four host communities.
The host communities that wrote the petitions are Ozuoba, Rumuosi, Rumuekini and Rumuokwashi, all in Obio/Akpor.
The committee’s Chairman and Chief Whip of the 32-member state legislature said the land had been given to the Rivers State Government, citing wrongful acquisition.
Some of the lawmakers accused Daar Communications Plc of illegal acquisition of the land.
Speaker Ikuinyi Awaji-Ibani said Daar Communications Plc should open fresh negotiations with the State Government on the property.