Human rights lawyer, Festus Keyamo has raised the alarm over the arrest of Alhaji Mujahid Asari-Dokubo in Cotonou, Benin Republic, saying it was a ploy to keep him away from Nigeria ahead of 2015 election.
Keyamo, alleged that his arrest was a connivance between Beninoise government and certain forces in Nigeria, insisting that Asari-Dokubo does not engage in illegal business in Cotonou.
He therefore, called on the Federal Government to intervene using every available diplomatic channel to ensure his release without any bodily harm done to him.
A statement issued by Festus Keyamo’s chamber reads, “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.
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 Nigeria.
“Meanwhile, we shall be liaising immediately with our colleagues in that country to enforce his fundamental rights”.