By Brave Dickson
An ex-Niger Delta agitator, Alhaji Asari Dokubo has narrated how he escaped arrest in Ghana when the Nigerian government declared him wanted.
Asari gave the hint to our correspondent at his Buguma hometown in Asari-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State at the weekend.
He said: “There is a lot of help your brothers and sisters can give you when you meet them in difficult times.
“I will give you an instance, I was accosted at Accra airport in Ghana.
“They said I should do drug test. So, I entered the office to do the drug test and somebody spoke Kalabari language to me. .
“He told me his father comes from Nembe, Bayelsa State and his mother is a Ghanian that he works there with the immigration that he will protect me.
“He told me that the Nigerian government had told the Ghanian authority to arrest me.
“So, I quietly did the test and it was negative and he showed me a doorway to pass through that his driver will be waiting for me.
“I have never met him before, just because he is a Nembe man and he speaks a bit of Kalahari language and when he saw me, he received me as his brother.
“His driver drove me to the border free of charge, more than four hours journey from Accra.
“Even when I gave his driver money, he refuse collecting saying that his boss, the immigration man will be angry with him if he hears that.
“The immigration man also ensured that I chartered a cab to Cotonou successfully, just because he saw some affinity in me as his brother.
“He took the risk of saving me, and at that time, the Nigerian government was really looking for me and I would have been harmed.
“So, relationship matters. A lot of people have risked their lives for me because of family lineage.”