Asari Dokubo to Tinubu: Don’t Release Nnamdi Kanu
Asari Dokubo, a leader from Nigeria’s Niger Delta region, has urged President Bola Tinubu not to release Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Kanu has been in custody since his re-arrest in 2021, standing trial for terrorism.
A Federal High Court in Abuja granted Kanu bail in 2017, but he failed to comply with the bail conditions and subsequently fled the country. Upon his re-arrest, previous President Muhammadu Buhari resisted calls to release Kanu.
Dokubo made the statement after meeting with President Tinubu, insisting that the IPOB leader should face the law. “Releasing Nnamdi Kanu is rewarding criminality and rewarding gruesome murder of innocent people,” he said at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. “He should face the law for the actions and instigations he has carried out.”
Dokubo also addressed Nigeria’s ongoing crude oil theft, accusing the military and cabals of being involved. He claimed that President Tinubu promised to look into the claims and put a stop to the trend.
Full-Scale Wars in Different Areas of Nigeria
Aside from Kanu and crude oil theft, the Niger Delta leader also reported on the full-scale wars going on in various parts of the country. He stated that IPOB/ESN is waging a full-scale war against the government of Nigeria in the South East. As a result, several local governments, communities, schools, and hospitals have been abandoned.
Dokubo announced that he requested the use of his men to help combat crude oil theft in Nigeria. While “there are full-scale wars going on in different parts of this country,” he said, “there must be peace in the Niger Delta region.”