Army Denies Security Pacts With Asari Dokubo


By Adadareporters

There is no pact between the Nigerian Army and former Niger-Delta militant leader Mujahid Asari Dokubo.

This was disclosed by the director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, in a statement on Friday.

Recall that Dokubo recently said his privately owned military formation was licensed by the federal government. He further claimed that he had been fighting alongside the Armed Forces of Nigeria in Niger, Plateau, Abia, Imo and some parts of Rivers.

Dokubo had claimed in a viral video that, “I don’t have an army but I have a private military company that was engaged by the Nigerian government. I have been doing the work for the Nigerian state.

“Private military companies exist all over the world. We have black waters, we have Wagner. We have so many private military companies.

“They are not even new to Nigeria. The only thing new is that a Nigerian is providing the same services South African, Belarusian and others provided to fight Boko Haram and this was on BBC. There was a BBC documentary of South African mercenaries that were in Nigeria, and I listened to the interview where they said they were even sabotaged by the military while they were here.

“So, I have a private military company that is engaged by the government. We are fighting side by side with the Nigerian military in many places like Niger, Plateau, Abia, Imo and parts of Rivers State. We were in Anambra too. We are doing a good job and we are being commended by the host communities.”

NA however distanced themselves from Dokubo. Quoting Nwachukwu, “Going by that interview, Dokubo claims he owns a private military company that was engaged by the government of Nigeria.

“The veracity of his claim can only be ascertained by the relevant agency, statutorily mandated to licence such outfits.

“However, it must be clarified that the Nigerian Army is not in any form of partnership or collaborative pact with the ex-militant or whatever private security outfit he claims to own.”


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