Ex-Niger Delta militant, Mujahid Asari-Dokubo, was yesterday arrested in Cotonou, capital of Benin Republic, his lawyer, Festus Keyamo, said in a statement.
“Today, Tuesday, November 26, 2013, my friend and client, Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, was arrested in Cotonou, Benin Republic, around the hours of 1:00pm and 2:00pm by the country’s gendarmes (Police Force).
“He was picked up around the Lubeleyi roundabout and taken to an unknown destination,” Keyamo said.
He said Asari-Dokubo carries on legitimate business in the tiny West African country 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 said.
He said there are indications 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.
“We call on the Nigerian government to immediately intervene and ensure that no harm befalls Alhaji Dokubo-Asari and to use all diplomatic means to secure his immediate release and safe return to Nigeria,” he said.