LEADER of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force, Mujahid Asari-Dokubo, who was arrested on Tuesday in Cotonou, Benin Republic has been released.
Dokubo was allegedly released around 1am on Thursday after intervention by President Goodluck Jonathan.
His lawyer, Festus Keyamo, confirmed his release.
Meanwhile the Presidency on Thursday described as “blackmail and mischief” media reports that President Jonathan sent a presidential jet to convey Asari-Dokubo to Abuja from Benin Republic where he was initially detained.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, in an interview with State House correspondents said the report was an attempt by some people to package lies as the truth hoping that gullible people would believe them.
Abati said since an aircraft was not a ghost, the movement of any aircraft would be documented adding that “and if it lands anywhere, people will see it.”
He said, “There is no truth in the report that a presidential jet was used to convey Asari Dokubo. Again, what we see here is an attempt by some people to just tell lies and try to package lies as the truth.”