The State Security Service, SSS, has arrested former Niger Delta militant leader, Asari Dokubo, for making inciting comments about the 2015 general elections.
Dokubo had in his usual style threatened on Tuesday that the Nigerian economy would be crippled if President Goodluck Jonathan is not re-elected for a second term in 2015, and warned the north to steer clear of the seat.
“In less than one hour, the way we would strike, the world will be shocked. If anybody does anything against Jonathan, we will retaliate. What we will do will shock the whole world. We will cripple the economy of the country not only in the creeks, but also on the nation’s territorial waters, no vessel will be allowed to enter Nigeria’s territorial waters,” he said.
The ex-militant had also previously threatened that there would be bloodletting in the country if his preferred candidate is not voted in for a second term and his daring remarks have often sparked criticisms from various groups calling for him to be cautioned.
Last week Monday, the SSS interrogated the deputy national secretary of the All Progressive Party, APC, Nasir El-Rufai, after securing an arrest warrant from a court for saying that the next election is likely to be violent leading to deaths if they are not free and fair.
Many Nigerians on the social media had condemned the action of the SSS for arresting El-Rufai for making perceived inciting comments about the forthcoming 2015 election but doing nothing to Dokubo, whose comments are seen as even more damning.
In its reaction to Dokubo’s latest comments, the APC said “Nigeria has not witnessed a clearer and louder call to war than Asari-Dokubo’s senseless vituperation since the country’s civil war ended in 1970.”
National publicity secretary of the party, Lai Mohammed, said Asari-Dokubo has overstretched his luck by even trying to dictate to political parties to field only South-south candidates for the presidency in 2015.