The Nigerian Army says it is not working in collaboration with the security outfit assembled by former Niger Delta militant leader, Mujahid Asari-Dokubo.
In an interview on a Podcast anchored by. Channels Television’s presenter, Seun Okinbaloye, Asari claimed that he had a military company engaged by the government and has been working alongside the military in some States of the federation.
“I don’t have an army but I have a private military company that was engaged by the Nigerian government and I have been doing the work for the Nigerian State.
“So, I have a private military company that is engaged by the government and we are fighting side by side with the Nigerian military in many places like Niger, Plateau, Abia, Imo, and parts of Rivers State. We were in Anambra too. We are doing a good job and we are being commended by the host communities,” Asari stated.
However, the Director, of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, has asserted that the Army has never conducted any operation jointly or side by side with Asari and his security outfit.
“Going by that interview, Dokubo claims he owns a private military company that was engaged by the government of Nigeria. The veracity of his claim can only be ascertained by the relevant agency, statutorily mandated to license such outfits.
“However, it must be clarified that the Nigerian Army is not in any form of partnership or collaborative pact with the ex-militant or whatever private security outfit he claims to own.
“It is also expedient to place on record that contrary to his claims, the Nigerian Army has never conducted any operation jointly or side by side with Asari or the organization he represents, in any of those areas he mentioned or in any theatre of operations.”
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