ABUJA – The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has issued a demand for the apprehension and judicial examination of former Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari. The request comes in response to allegations that he sanctioned armed mercenaries, led by former Niger Delta activist, Asari Dokubo, to supplant the constitutionally recognized Nigerian Army.
HURIWA’s National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, released a statement indicating that Dokubo should be seized by the Department of State Services or another appropriate security agency for unauthorized firearm possession. This comes in the light of viral video footage and suspicions of Dokubo’s connection to the escalating violence enacted by ‘unknown gunmen’ in the South-East region.
In June 2023, Dokubo stirred controversy during his visit to legitimacy embattled President Tinubu at the Aṣọ Villa, Abuja. He confessed, “I am a participant in this war. I fight on the side of the government of the Nigerian state in Plateau, Niger, Anambra, Imo, Abia, and Rivers. And in Abuja today, you are travelling to Kaduna on this road.”
He further claimed that it was not the army, but his men—recruited by the Nigerian government—who ensured safe travels to and from Abuja and Kaduna.
Additionally, a verified video clip circulated widely online shows Dokubo wielding multiple AK-47 rifles and issuing a threat to the Igbo people for their support of Labour Party’s Peter Obi in the February 25, 2023 presidential election, over Tinubu, whom Dokubo favored
Given the public display of firearms in the video, HURIWA insists that Dokubo should be immediately arrested for illegal arms trafficking and issuing death threats to the Igbo community.