Two days before the Thursday, February 6 arrest by the State Security Service, leader of the Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force Mujahid Dokubo-Asari spoke in an exclusive interview with Premium Times about his arrest in Benin Republic.
Dokubo-Asari alleged that former President Olusegun Obasanjo, along with some leaders of the All Progressives Congress, wanted him in Benin Republic prison so that they could perpetrate electoral malpractices in the upcoming 2015 general elections.
He specifically stated that President Obasanjo sent his name to the INTERPOL, asking the organization to arrest and detain Dokubo-Asari.
“They believe that if I’m around in 2015, … if people like me are around in 2015, they will not be able to do what they want to.
“Benin republic is a democracy and there is rule of law. Of course, they examined the accusations leveled against me and they found out that there was nothing.
“I hear that some APC leader said I should rot in prison, and they were even putting pressure on my lawyer. They have forgotten that it was through me that Festus Keyamo [his lawyer] became a member of the APC, because I was a founding member of ACN. They are the ones who will surely rot in prison because my hands are clean.”
Neither the APC spokesman Lai Mohammed, nor ex-President Obasanjo could not be reached for comments. Obasanjo’s aides said the former president will not respond to allegations from an “inconsequential character like Dokubo-Asari”.