Beninoise Gendarmes Arrest Ex-Militant, Asari-Dokubo In Cotonou

0101asaridokuboEx-leader of the defunct Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force (NDPVF), Mujahid Asari-Dokubo, was on Tuesday arrested in Cotonou, capital of Benin Republic.

It was learnt that the former militant leader, who claims to be a citizen of the tiny West African country, was arrested at about 1.00pm by the country’s gendarmes (police).

A statement by his lawyer and friend, Festus Keyamo, which confirmed the arrest, said Asari-Dokubo was picked up for no particular reason around the Lubeleyi roundabout and taken to “an unknown destination.”

Keyamo, in the statement on Tuesday, noted that Asari-Dokubo, a vocal supporter of President Goodluck Jonathan’s reelection bid in 2015, had been residing partly in Benin Republic for many years, adding that the ex-militant even owns houses, schools and an academy in Cotonou.

The statement reads in part, “Today, Tuesday, November 26, 2013, my friend and client, Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, was arrested in Cotonou, Benin Republic, around the hours of 1pm and 2pm by the country’s gendarmes (police).

“He was picked up around the Lubeleyi roundabout and taken to an unknown destination. We want to emphasise that Alhaji Dokubo-Asari carries on legitimate business and has been living partly in Benin Republic for many years now. In fact, he owns houses, schools and an academy in that country. All these places have been searched as at this evening and nothing incriminating was found.

Keyamo expressed the conviction that “Dokubo’s arrest and detention are a ploy by certain forces in Nigeria in unholy alliance with the Beninoise government to keep him away as 2015 approaches”.

Keyamo stated that while he would be reaching out to his colleagues in Benin Republic to help in the enforcement of Asari-Dokubo’s fundamental rights, he called on the Nigerian government to immediately intervene and ensure that no harm befalls his client and “to use all diplomatic means to secure his immediate release and safe return to Nigeria”.

8 COMMENTS

  1. How many Nigerians were arrested abroad or outside Nigeria everyday??

    Did Alhaji Mujahid went for official,govermental or personal issues??

    Why only Dokubo government will interfere if he went for personal business??

    • That is why, many people in Nigeria are running away going to other countries. Also that is why many Nigerian in abroad are scared to come back home, What shall we do ? Nigerian economy is not good, Lights are not there,rods are not there and there is no security. What is life? All you can see in Nigerian is intimidation’s, from the Government, from the Police people, Military and Politicians. How can we stay & why must we come back home when life is not there? Many people are saying if you can’t beet them, then you have to join them, yes. who ever can not beet them have to join them and that is why Nigerian corruptions are so high, that is why 80% of Nigerian are pore, a lots of bad things happen in Nigeria because people want to belong.

  2. Dis useless militant sef! Shegen thug kawai. So all his money, instead of using it to invest in his dirty stupid SS, he chose Benin republic bcos he knw doin sumtin wit his ogogoro pple will alway end in wahala. .dey should hang him joor. Dan shegiya kawai

  3. That is why, many people in Nigeria are running away going to other countries. Also that is why many Nigerian in abroad are scared to come back home, What shall we do ? Nigerian economy is not good, Lights are not there,rods are not there and there is no security. What is life? All you can see in Nigerian is intimidation’s, from the Government, from the Police people, Military and Politicians. How can we stay & why must we come back home when life is not there? Many people are saying if you can’t beet them, then you have to join them, yes. who ever can not beet them have to join them and that is why Nigerian corruptions are so high, that is why 80% of Nigerian are pore, a lots of bad things happen in Nigeria because people want to belong.

  4. I THOT THE ARROGANT DOKUBO FELT HE WAS INVINCIBLE.MAKING NOISE AS IF HE CREATED HIMSELF.INTELLIGENT PEOPLE USE THEIR ACQUIRED POWER ONLY FOR DEFENSE AND NOT FOR ATTACK.THE TROUBLE DOKUBO WAS LOOKING FOR HAS JUST BEGUN TO FETCH HIM.

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