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President Denies Sending Aircraft To Convey Asari Dokubo

Authorities of Benin Republic have released former leader of Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force (NDPVF), Alhaji Mujahideen Asari Dokubo after about 36 hours in detention after he was arrested on Tuesday in Cotonou, for an undisclosed offence. After his release at about 1am, he was immediately flown to Abuja.

Prior to his release and arrival into the country,there had been speculations that the presidency had offered Asari one of the planes in the presidential fleet to convey him home. President Goodluck Jonathan however invalidated such claims of releasing an aircraft to bring home Asari. Jonathan, through his Spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati, in a statement said the report was completely false.

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 the attempt by people to just tell lies and try to package lies as the truth.

“I have read some reports in which they said ‘unconfirmed reports indicate…’ Nobody has been able to say anything categorically and I think it is very sad that people, in an attempt to just play politics with anything at all, will start packaging lies hoping that gullible persons will believe them.

“An aircraft is not a ghost in the air. The movement of any aircraft is properly documented and people will see the aircraft if it lands anywhere, particularly the presidential aircraft.

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