Abuja - The militant Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) threatened attacks on Benin if the country did not release one of Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force leader, Asari Dokubo.
“If diplomacy fails to prevail, we will not rule out any form of attacks on the Republic of Benin’s interests,” stated spokesperson of the group Jomo Gbomo.
Dokubo was arrested on Tuesday on unspecified charges.
MEND called for his release.
“The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) demands the immediate release of Asari Dokubo who has been detained since Tuesday in the Republic of Benin. Even though Asari Dokubo, along with some Niger Delta myopic and corrupt Tribal Assemblies like the Ijaw National Congress (INC), Ijaw Youth Congress (IYC), Ijaw Monitoring Group (IMG), South-South People’s Assembly (SSPA) and Elder Edwin K Clark gloated or kept silent over Henry Okah’ setup, arrest and conviction. We will remember the role Mr Asari Dokubo had played in the unfinished struggle before he was bought off along with several others,” Gbomo stated.
He said the group stood by its leaders during their tribulations.
“The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) will not abandon Mr Asari Dokubo at this time as we will not abandon Henry Okah, his brother Charles Okah and others still incarcerated.”
– CAJ News