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Do You Think Mujahid Dokubo-asari Should Be Release?

Governors of Nigeria's Niger Delta states have appealed to new President Umaru Yar'Adua to release imprisoned oil militant Mujahid Dokubo-Asari.

What kind of message will releasing this man send to the Niger Delta militants? that they can perpetuate crimes, kidnap Innocent victims and still make the government comply with their demands?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6722895.stm

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Abeg u know whether dem don release Dokubo?

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When I talk say those terrorist are being sponsored person dey ask me 21 questions. Where do you think they are getting M-16 assault rifles and M60E30 belt-fed machine guns?

A Chinese oil company want to come to the area to work and they threaten hell. Yet the US government says it is going to create an African Command that will wipe them out and they take the news in their stride.

When they know that the US command will only come to arm them directly instead of using middlemen.

So na my mouth una wan hear who kill Abacha?

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Has he been released?

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Now That he has been released, Lets watch and see just what and who these Militants are(I strongly believe they are not Nigerians). I am waiting to see them prove me wrong that they are Terrorrists just being lawless and extorting money from foreigners .How can you explain kidnapping people who are trying to construct roads in your area? Telecommunications companies trying to extend services to the areas? I comment the youth at Eleme who have had enough of these millitants who are causing them to lose jobs. I suggest they go ahead to start exposing the sponsors. The struggle has turned a whole load of criminality. They are not fighting for us anymore but for their selfish reasons and for the good of their sponsors.

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the good news is hat it helps the government make a distinction between th legitimate groups and the criminals. those that continue their violence despite these overtures from yar adua should be treated harshly. hopefully this is a first step and the new administration invests in the ND to bring a better life to the people there

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abi. the guy is sick, he didnt appear in court

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Does it matter any more? He's been released already.

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It is a crime to threaten a JUDGE and he should be nail for that as well.

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well he has been released

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By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Published: June 14, 2007

Filed at 7:12 a.m. ET

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- A court on Thursday ordered a top militant leader from Nigeria's oil region free on bail, partly meeting a key condition for ending attacks that have roiled Africa's oil giant.

Judge Peter Olayiwola ordered Mujahid Dokubo-Asari freed -- after two Nigerian citizens signed court papers as guarantors -- and said his trial would recommence when medical staff declared him fit to stand. Dokubo-Asari suffers from diabetes and other health ailments, his lawyers say.

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Why shldnt he?Did he terrorise anybody?

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By the way, let's not keep believing blindly that if this guy is released, MEND hostilities will cease. Remember, they also want Alams to be released too. And after that, they may want Yar'Adua to kneel down and kiss Dokubo's bare butt. So I don't believe anything will change based on the release of these terrorist. But anyhow, I just don't support imprisonment without trial.

By the way, I didn't say The case against Dokubo should be built around the threat to life on a judge.

Somebody ask if I'd been personally terrorised and I gave the example of a terrorised judge even captured on tape.

I also said those types of video images can be used as evidence to place a light charge on Dokubo which will send him to jail legally for the mean time before the real case is built.

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he shouldn't be released or killed he and uwazurike should be tried with the law for inciting a breakaway region and disrupting the country or else someone else will do it knowing there's no repacaution. We have to have some form of law not like our leaders are good but it has to start from somewhere.

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Eiya, the guy even had diabetes sef. I suspected from the way he was looking a bit overweight, I knew it wasn't the prison food. (this is not meant to be funny).

However, I feel sorry for him when he goes back to see what a money spinning venture the MEND has turned his NDPVF into. Unless of course that was what he intended.

Well, that's one victory in the eight for human liberties. I wish the US could learn from this example.

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Well, like I said before, he should therefore be released. It is not the fault of the suspect if the persecuting lawyer is a maga.

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That is not enough evidence

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He terrorised a judge and his family but like I said, despite this being captured on video, the legal representatives of the government has still not been able to gather enough evidence against him so they should let him walk.

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Did he terriorize u?

What evidence do u have against him.Is Obasanjo nt a bigger terriorist?

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The man Dokubo is a confirmed terrorist. The fact however remains that the Nigerian government has not gotten enough evidence to put him in away for any crime.

It is either they charge him with possession of an unlicensed firearm and give him a light sentence pending when they gather enough evidence to bring up charges of treason, terrorism and economic sabotage, or else they free him.

Is it his fault that the government lawyers are too dull to build up a case against him despite evidence littering every cranny? Abeg they should let the man go. Perhaps when he regains his freedom, he may choose to do something very silly that could be used against him.

And for christ sake, people should stop assuming that MOPO cannot round up the NDPVF or MEND in one week.

You guys said this same thing about Mai Tatsine, same thing y'all said about OPC, then Bakassi, now it's MEND. Okay make we dey look dey go. By the time all those bored soldiers formerly posted to Liberia start agitating for a piece of the action, na then MEND go know why they say KHAKI pass leather!

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Yes he shld be released cos he didnt commit any offence.

Its INJUSTICE at his best and the earlier they let him be the better for NIGERIA

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Popular in what land? how many people will remember his name if he dies today? please he is only recognized in one region in Nigeria.

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I-man I trust Nigerian press to say I-man USELESS BOY FROM LONDON PAFUKA for UNI LAG rendevour

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Its a fact that Dokubo trained in Libya and received some initial funding from Ghaddafi.There is no evidence that such funding has continued.I believe Ghaddafi stopped many of those training programs after the US/Britain struck a deal with the Libyan regime.

They are not "Islamically funded".Ghaddafi is not an Islamist in the first place.They,or at least Dokubo personally, would not have started this whole thing without Ghaddafi's support.Ghaddafi was just a rabble rouser who seemed to delight in causing trouble all over the region by sponsoring "revolutionary movements".He has stopped most of such activities though.

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There were some suggestions that Dokubo was trained in Libya by Muammar Ghaddafi's security services just like the Charles Taylor and Foday Sankoh gang

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that is false mamajama . all that has happened is that Yar'adua has requested guarantees from important ND leaders and the governors in the zone that he will not cause trouble, the deal has not been made yet,

besides Dokubo never went around just killing people, he is fighting a legitimate struggle for the environment and rights of the ND people.

the man will be released, all that is going on now is mere posturing, the Supreme Court Judgment not withstanding. he will be released on medical grounds and the issue will slowly die down.

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That means he is still enjoying his cell. They should leave

him there until he changes his mind. Lives depend on it.

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That was the condition given to him by the new administration.  and I was told he decline.  so judge for yourself all his loyalist.

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Interesting and I'm speechless.

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Anybody who stands the way of NATIONAL GROWTH and UNITY should be crushed without hesitation irrespective of his/her social, financial, religous and ethnical standing what of the likes of IBB,OBJ and others that has held us back for years that i can't count. May be asari is not as rich as them or cos he is from ND area or justice might not be for everybody.

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I hold the view that Niger-Delta crisis will be better managed with Asari out there than Asari is Prison. At least he is educated, attended Unical where he studied Law until got rusticated for activism. His dad is a high court Judge so he could be easier to negotiate with than the likes of Jomo Gbomo, Ateke, Prince Igodo or Soboma George.

He could also understand more the meaning of threats than those other guys who have been unable to put the different splinter groups in check. So maybe he should be released.

However, we must note that Nigeria is not Britain where they debate in house of commons before they can hold terrorist for up to 28days.

We have to put into consideration the position of our Law on this matter.  If our law allows his being put behind bars if Nigeria thinks he is a threat to National Security, there nothing anyone can do about it.

In 1998 he was VP to the IYC to make the kiama declaration, by 2001 he led the IYC to pursue self determination by every means necessary, in 2004 he formed NDPVF which declared an all out war against the Nigerian state. He is a self confessed admirer of Osama Bin Laden which is against Nigeria's policy of global terrorism. He confessed publicly and speculations are rife that he might have financial links with al-qaeda.

He has made comments and involved in activities that amounts to Treason.

Whether he gets Presidential amnesty is entirely up to Yar'adua and the President must not be bullied to do that. But first Asari-Dokubo has to grow up and guard his utterances.

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@ angel101; I wish you knew how much I am calling for the execution of some Nigerians so that the nation could move forward. Anybody who stands the way of NATIONAL GROWTH and UNITY should be crushed without hesitation irrespective of his/her social, financial, religous and ethnical standing. And if I may ask, what's the different between Asari Dokubo and Bin Laden and Saddam? You don't think Asari Dokubo could be worse than these men if given the opportunity those men had? Go and read more about the man called Asari Dokubo.

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Well, that's good news. Thought I heard something like the Supreme Court wants him to rot in jail.

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This silly marriage we call Nigeria! In Nigeria, we have the Biafran Republic, Odua Republic, Ijaw Republic, Efik/Ibibio/Annang Republic, Hausa republic, Bornu Republic etc.

What's wrong if these individual countries decide to secede? Hausas say they want a united Nigeria, but yet they kill the christians in the north which is always accompained by reprisal attacks in the East. The South-West sits down comfortably to enjoy the show. So, tell me, what is the justification of having a united Nigeria.

I think every ethnic nation would be better of on their own. If we are going to remain as one Nigeria, I suggest we use the geopolitical zones as governing units rather than the present states. Additionally, the Igbos in Delta State and River State(Ikwerres not necessary; I'm referring to Ndoki, Oyigbo, Egbema etc), should be incorporated into the South-East Geo-politica zone.

@ Ikwerre People

Assuming the Igbos finally gain independence as the Republic of Biafra, would the Ikwerres remian in Nigeria or join their Igbo kinsmen?

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THE FG SHOULD DO NIGERIANS A FAVOUR BY KEEPING ASARI DOKUBO IN WORST CELL THEY VE GOT.THIS GUY IS A KNOWN TERRORIST AND A BIG DISGRACE TO THE NIGERDELTANS.

THE FG GAVE THIS TERRORIST A LIFELINE BY NEGOTIATING WITH HIM,BUT THE DUCK HEAD RENEGED ON HIS AGREEMENT AND WENT ON A HIGH LEVEL VANDALISATION OF OILWELL INSTALLATIONS.PROBABLY ,THE GUY THOUGHT HE WAS GREATER THAN THE STATE,BUT,THE STATE HAS SHOWN HIM THAT NO INDIVIDUAL IS GRETER THAN HER.

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@ I-man Now, you're finally seeing the light. Keep it up

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He is usefull as a bargaining chip.He should be released as part of negotiatitions with the militants

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Sometimes you can be successful if you play the game the way it's truly played. I support the government to release him with conditions. The man could be used to calm things down in those areas.

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Asari went about it in a wrong way.

Calling for a separate state is treason.

Threatning the family of a presiding judge with kidnap and death did not get him anywhere.

The problem of the niger delta will always be a scare on our conscience.

The government should holistically tackle the problem of poverty, environmental pollution and lack of infranstructure in the niger delta.

Having said that, Asari should not be released just to appease the niger delta. He should face the charges against him. He should be granted fair a hearing.

Releasing him to appease the militants will be setting a bad precedence. Yielding to the threats of the militants will only signify cowardice of conscience. Other groups will capitalize on such weakness to perpetrate evil.

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@johnny, U are a genius. Is unbelieveable how people want to free a mass murder, a tyrant, a terrorist, a greed, and a serious threat to national security. I like the court's judgement today, saying he is a threat to national security. I hope the government pushes it a notch more by clamping down very hard on that part of the country.

People especially patriotic nigerians, anybody that wants nigeria to succeed need to see that this guy and his crew would not stop this madness without some form of containment. Instead of advising the government on where to put effort and some how being a mentor and hope, this crook decided to start something he couldn't end; A mugabe in the making, fake like you are with them only for you to oppress them. Everyone knows our government offical are corrupt and greedy but that doesn't warrant a cultist like dokunbo to claim a national natural resources and on top of that also try to breakaway from the country. To me he got it wrong, he needs to walk away from the country and then if we beg him or force him to stay then we know we are the ones looking for trouble but as for that region it will be part of Nigeria, will always be Nigeria, and will never change from Nigeria.

People can talk and claim that he's fighting for freedom, this guy is fighting for himself whether we like it or not. He is fighting to be the president of that place if we give him the chance then afterwards he's going to strike Nigeria with the money he makes; It sounds ridiculous but it will more crazy when u'll be travelling to the east and have to show ur passport or get killed cuz u'r sensed not to be part of them. They should remember that they are not alot of them and can be cleansed out in days of genuine anger.

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the govt kept the man in jail, in an underground SSS cell instead of in police custody illegally, despite numerous court orders. the govt has flouted its own rules numerous times and has also done wrong things.

Releasing him will be a sign of goodwill to the militants, after all the fighting, there will still be the need to sit down and negotiate eventually, so why not negotiate now?

The current situation cannot be tackled without some form of negotiation with the militants, if they are not carried along the so called infrastructural development will not take place. Release him on bail, or on account of ill health or under whatever guise, if losing face is what the govt is scared of.

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@ Johnny, u should be ashamed for calling for the execution of a fellow nigerian and how can u even compare Asari to Bin Laden and Saddam?

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Releasing him will solidify his threat to the nation. He is not the governor or anyone of significant and contributing importance, he and his gangs are about themselves and also threatening the ibos and other nigerians in the region. He should be tried like they feel and not negotiated with; anyone else that stands for unity, progress and well being of all nigerians but more concerned about the region should be part of the negotiation.

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@ Militia

i totally agree with u. the problem we have in the south in particular and in nigeria in general is selfishness and hypocrisy. some people are screaming kill them cos it does not directly affect them or their people.

as for the one who said the niger delta should be shut down and war declared. let me assure u that that will never happen for the simple fact that the country will grind to a halt and the people in power are too greedy and self seeking to let that happen. they have tokeep the region open so that they can keep enriching themselves.

And i also agree with Militia that these militant people should begin kidnapping their governors and their children then they will know that they mean business.

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I don't know why we should be debating an issue that, to me, is very simple. You want to debate as to whether or not a rebel and/or militia leader should be released from prison? This's ridiculous!! Some people even say he might be fighting for his right; Which Right is Asari Dokubo fighting for using the guns, kidnapping and blowing up oil pipeline? This's an out-lawed sect in any sane society. The Federal Government should rather be advised to intensify efforts to clamp down on the militia and bring them to extinction completely. Asari Dokubo, like Mugabe, Saddam, Idi Amin and Osama bin Laden, is a tetraheaded monster sent from hell, and the earlier he's tried and executed, the better for the unity of this country. People should be ashamed to negotiate for the release of this bull called man.

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Ha! even Kola is back. O ma kaabo ke. Ki lo happen? Se ko si wahala? Welcome back.

As per Asari, ehn, they just have to release the man o. You know I will support my people any day - even if the man na Alhaji!

This MILITIA woman, I feel you. I say fire on. There are several posts on the niger delta problems in here that will keep your hairs straight for a while. As for me, I'm tired of discussing them. I agree with you that action not words, is what we need. We have said so much, now it's time to match words with deeds. May God help us.

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Nigeria is a country and one day probably in the 2060s Africa will start being a country with the exception of north africa. Anybody that doesn't think nigeria is a country should go to north africa for us(the remaining ones) to have space.

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Naijaway wants to know where the weapons are coming from! The same place arm robbers get theirs ke! Your same top govt officials in the police force!

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No need for insults! I have learned to stay away from that kind of mess! MAMAJAMA be wan kill me but by the grace of God, I am still alive! Thank you Jesus!

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Which kind of ye ye negiotiation with a terrorist group. They should have a national dialogue not with traditional rulers, not with terrorist leaders, but with the governors and patriotic nigerians from that region that have an organization with peace as their vision. Anything else should be considered unpatriotic, unconstitutional, a threat to national security, and whatever they can label it. They should be given ultimatum and if they bullsh*t the meeting then the government should shut down the oil companies there and wage an all out war on those badst*rds trying to undermine the nation. Enough is enough for some crooks in that part of the nation and those using the opportunity to cause havoc. And NO  Yar adua shouldn't release Dokunbo and shouldn't try him yet until he tells where the weapons are coming from, where their hideouts are, and anything to ease security crackdown; anything short of that should be considered as an act of undermining national security. They should even go some steps further outlawing and arresting all the traditional rulers in Nigeria (eventhough some backward type of people will object) but at least in that part of town because they are very instrumental in all of these unrest we keep hearing.

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@Debo

How many times did i call you?

Nigeria is greater than any region, person or tribe.

Once somebody says he is going to blow up Nigeria or make Naija ungovernable the person has commited an offence. It is that simple.

He should go and burn Alamesiegha who stole their billions first.

I am sure the present government will sort them out peacefully.

@Mamajama

Keep up with reasonable comment jare

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