arrested in Benin Republic by policemen today.
Rights lawyer, Festus Keyamo Asari was arrested around the hours of 1:00pm and
2:00pm by the country’s gendarmes (Police Force).
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
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.
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 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
Meanwhile, we shall be liaising
immediately with our colleagues in that country to enforce his fundamental