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The leader of the defunct Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force (NDPVF), Alhaji Mujahid Asari-Dokubo, was Tuesday arrested in Cotonou, Benin Republic
Asari-Dokubo was believed to have been arrested between 1p.m. and 2p.m. by the country’s gendarmes (Police Force).
THISDAY gathered that the former militant leader was picked up around the Lubeleyi roundabout and taken to an unknown destination.
Reacting to the arrest, Lagos-based lawyer and human rights activist, Mr. Festus Keyamo, said it was politically-motivated.
Keyamo said the arrest was a ploy between the Benin Republic police and some forces in Nigeria to keep former militant leader away ahead of the 2015 elections.
"We think his arrest and detention is a ploy by certain forces in Nigeria in unholy alliance with the Beninoise government to keep him away as 2015 approaches.
"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," he said.
While noting that efforts were already on, in collaboration with his colleagues in Benin Republic to enforce the ex-militant leader’s fundamental rights, Keyamo also called on the Nigerian government to immediately intervene and ensure that "no harm befalls Dokubo-Asari and to use all diplomatic means to secure his immediate release and safe return to Nigeria."