Asari Dokubo, the former Niger Delta militant leader, writes to President Buhari over unpaid fees.
The Ex Niger Delta militant leader, Asari Dokubo has written a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari over unpaid fees allegedly owed him by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC.
Alhaji Mujahid Asari-Dokubo (born 1964), formerly Melford Dokubo Goodhead Jr. and typically referred to simply as Asari, is a major political figure of the Ijaw ethnic group in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. He was president of the Ijaw Youth Council for a time beginning in 2001 and later founded the Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force which would become one of the most prominent armed groups operating in the Niger Delta region. He is a Muslim with populist views and an anti-government stance that have made him a folk hero amongst certain members of the local population.
Asari Dakobo claimed that he has not been paid the fees for the Pipeline Security and Surveillance contract he signed with NNPC. He alleged that the fees from March 15 to June 15 are yet to be paid for.
However, the NNPC under President Buhari’s administration had terminated the contract awarded under the Jonathan’s administration. The contract was meant to safeguard pipelines against vandals. Asari Dakobo threatened to sue the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC if the outstanding fees aren’t paid.