Dokubo made these allegations during a press conference after a meeting with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the State House.
By Johnson Atoukudu:
Former Commissioner for Information and Culture, Major General Ibrahim Bata Malgwi Haruna, strongly criticized Asari Dokubo, a former leader of the Niger Delta Militants, for accusing the Nigerian military of engaging in oil theft in the Niger Delta region.
Dokubo made these allegations during a press conference after a meeting with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the State House. He claimed that the military high command was involved in oil bunkering in the area, emphasizing that ordinary citizens lacked the necessary resources and technology to carry out such activities.
Despite denying the existence of a private security force, Asari Dokubo asserted that he played a significant role in resolving the crisis in the Niger and Kaduna regions of the country. However, during an interview on Arise TV’s The Morning Show, General Haruna stated that individuals like Asari Dokubo lack the moral authority to comment on oil theft in Nigeria, unless they are willing to apologize to Nigerians.
According to him, “Is Asari Dokubo free from oil theft? Is he not a beneficiary of oil theft? How did he finance his empire over there? Maybe he is accusing soldiers and lower people who steal jerricans of petrol while he is behind the stealing and enjoyment of millions of dollars stashed in their bank accounts.
“I think talking about Dokubo and others is because of the impact of security and its operations have failed. Those who are accessing the military and other services, they point one finger at the military and the other three are pointing at them.
“In the Nigerian situation, they cannot get to where they’ve gotten if the spills of oil are not dripping from their ears and mouths.”