The NDPVF, a former militant group founded by Dokubo, issued the warning in a statement signed by its leaders, Mr. Rex Ekiugbo Anighoro in Abuja last night, following Tuesday’s arrest and detention of the former militant leader by Benin’s gendarmes (police) in an unknown location.
It would be recalled that radical lawyer, Festus Keyamo, had alerted the nation to the arrest of Dokubo on Tuesday afternoon in Cotonou and lamented that since then, he had been kept incommunicado as his location remained unknowned.
But Dokubo’s arrest by the authorities was likened to a kidnap by the NDPVF, which said it was appalled by the unprovoked breach of the fundamental rights of the youth leader.
It said: “We hold this arrest as an absurdity. It is unprovoked and questionable and has been without any reason from the government of Republic of Benin.
“We consider this as a kidnap of our leader by the President of Republic of Benin working with certain opposition figures in Nigeria.
“We hereby make demand on President Yayi Bonni of the Republic of Benin to release, unconditionally and with immediate effect, our leader Alhaji Asari-Dokubo and offer unreserved apology to him for this monumental breach of his rights.
“We call on all the aggrieved youths of Niger Delta to be on red alert and ready for a total showdown and shut down if in the next 48 hours his release has not been made.
“We call on the President of the Nigerian union to mediate on this potential diplomatic row that may lead to an unprecedented conflagration”.