SSS arrests Dokubo-Asari over inciting comments

Asari Dokubo

Less than 24 hours after a group, Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, called on security agents to arrest and caution the President of the Niger Delta Volunteer Force, Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, for repeatedly making inciting comments, the Department of State Security, DSSS, has heeded the call.

Mr. Dokubo-Asari was Thursday summoned to the DSS headquarters in Abuja, where he is being interrogated for comments believed to be capable of breaching the fragile peace the country currently enjoys.

The spokesperson of the SSS, Marilyn Ogar, was not available for comments. She did not answer or return calls.

But Mr. Dokubo-Asari younger brother, Rex Asari, who also doubles as his personal assistant on media, said the Niger Delta activist is currently being interrogated by operatives.

“It is true,” the younger Asari said in response to our reporter’s enquiry at about 12.30 p.m Thursday. “He is being interogated as we speak.”

Mr. Dokubo-Asari was quoted to have said on Tuesday that he would make Nigeria ungovernable unless President Jonathan secures a second term ticket in the 2015 presidential election.

He also reportedly asked politicians from the North to steer clear of the presidency.

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Read MURIC’s full statement calling for Mr. Dokubo-Asari’s arrest below.

PRESS RELEASE:
THREAT TO MAKE NIGERIA UNGOVERNABLE: PRESIDENCY MUST CALL ASARI DOKUBO TO ORDER
 
The leader of the Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force (NDPVF), Alhaji Mujaheeden Asari Dokubo, on Tuesday threatened to make Nigeria ungovernable unless President Jonathan secures a second term ticket in the 2015 presidential election. He also asked politicians from the North to steer clear of the presidency.
We are greatly perturbed that a threat of this magnitude is emanating at a time so close to the 2015 election time. As a human rights organization committed to the promotion of dialogue with its resultant peaceful environment and the avoidance of violence in all its ramifications, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) is constrained to ask President Jonathan if Asari Dokubo is speaking for the presidency or if he has the tacit approval of Mr. President. We call President Jonathan’s attention to the dangers inherent in threats issued publicly in a country as volatile as Nigeria.
While this is not the first time such a threat is issued, we are bewildered by the silence and inaction of the security agencies each time Asari Dokubo issues one of his threats. We are shocked to our marrows that Nasir El-Rufai was harassed and finally detained for hours for allegedly making a ‘provocative’ statement just a few days ago whereas nothing happens when Asari Dokubo threatens law and order. Interestingly enough, El-Rufai’s statement was on the same theme: the 2015 general election. Our security agencies must eschew double standard in order to win the confidence of the general public.
MURIC therefore appeals to President Jonathan to call Asari Dokubo to order. A statement from the presidency on this issue is of strategic importance at this material time in the history of our dear nation. Silence will tantamount to tacit approval, nay, executive impunity.
Allah commands justice and righteousness (Qur’an 16:90). Allah also says, “O you who believe, stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin…” (Qur’an 4:135).
We reiterate for the avoidance of doubt, MURIC as a human rights organization is not witch-hunting any political party or individual. We are concerned about peace and stability in our dear country. Silence over critical issues is harmful to ourselves as well as to the polity. It is the duty of religious groups to speak out in these hard times. The Qur’an already warns that homo sapiens should beware of looming troubles because such troubles may consume even the innocent (Qur’an 8:25).
Past experience has shown that it is even the poor who suffer most each time this country is engulfed in crisis. Schools and markets cannot open. Workers cannot go to their places of work. Petrol stations are shut. Hunger and disease stare the poor in the face. It is like the parable of the fight between two elephants when the grass must suffer the consequences.  We want peace. We therefore appeal to all stakeholders to sheath their swords. We call on our respected elder statesmen to consult the presidency on this matter in the interest of peace and stability.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Director,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)

 


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  • TRUTH MASTER

    This is the way it should be. The APC is right to have called for Asari-Dokubo’s arrest by the SSS which has also arrested Nasir El-Rufai…and the SSS has done the right thing by arresting and questioning the rabblerouser.

    Baba Clark will be the next guest of the SSS, unless he puts his mouth in check.

    • dan

      Why didn’t you include Buhari to be arrested? Afterall, he started all these inciting statements with his infamous baboon will be socked in blood statement.

  • idama

    President Jonathan has prove that he is a tolerant politician but no matter what he does the BJD group (bring Jonathan down) will never appreciate nor commend him! GEJ till 2019!

    • TRUTH MASTER

      This is not about the President but about the rule of law. The President himself is not above the law. Yes he could have stopped the SSS from arresting Asari Dokubo, but that in itself will erode his credibility and position as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

      • ifebuche

        so what is your point?

        • TRUTH MASTER

          Did you really ask that question?

    • Dan Fulani

      Is it not a cover up to show that those who normally permit him to do the damaging remarks are making progress? This will just be used to perpetuate their hidden agenda to attack opponents and say even Asari was arrested knowing fully well it is a cover up and definitely nothing will happen to him, only to show that something is being done by the security. Period!

  • Jatau fasa tarao

    Trust me it isnt going to be more than just a lunch with the rest of the presidents thugs in aso rock. Who do they think they are fooling bunch of extended nollowood family. why havent they arrested since till now.

    • TRUTH MASTER

      Still, SSS has taken the right step by pulling him in for questioning. That is what matters. If he persists, which he most likely will, then he should be prosecuted for threatening the peace and security of the country

  • HOLY SPIRIT

    The arrest is late…………the damage has been done

    • TRUTH MASTER

      Better late than never. The message is clear: No one is above the law!

  • Ogbologbo

    So the SSS has to be reminded to do its job and on who to arrest. the statement was made long ago.

  • Afam

    He was invited not arrest @premium times…you guys always write rubbish to justify your pay masters…Hew went to SSS office with his lawyer festus keyamo…Asari is not like El-rufai who always seek for public attention…

    Buhari,Junaid mohammed and Ango Abudulahii should also be prepared….rubbish.

  • audu liberty oseni

    do they mean it or just to deceive Nigerians

  • sir Oscie

    GOOD RIDDANCE!!! WHO IS DECEIVING WHO?

  • BLUNT

    @opeyemi sahara reporters.

    The DSS can only caution and release him.

    If they cannot charge EL-RUFAI for planning TO GET POWER BY FORCEFUL means, that also means that they cannot Charge Asari Dokubo.

    They know the full implications.

    Boko haram can bark, they can only kill their fellow Northerners and Xtians in the North.Their actions do not affect the economy of Nigeria.

    But if the Niger DELTA SNEEZES for a second. nigeria will catch cool, catch fever and would be rushed to the emergency unit.

    This is a fact.whether Asari expresses it openly or not.

    You don’t need a sooth-sayer for this. let the north re-allign forces.except the nat.Conf resolves issues. we are heading for the rock head-long.

  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    Utter balderdash!

    The man, called Dokubo-Asari, has made it very clear to all by sundry – via his “university cum training camp for militants” investments, actions through bombing our infrastructure and by public utterances, that he is not a Nigerian.

    So why not simply deport him to the country which citizenship he claims?

    We will not believe the sincerity of this fake move knowing fully well that once his (Mr. Asari’s) professed country’s authority arrests him, he would be ‘fetched’ over to Abuja in a Presidential jet.

    Abeg, teacher no teach us nonsense.