The Nigerian Army has said it has no partnership with ex-Niger Delta militant leader Mujahid Asari-Dokubo or his security outfit.
In an interview on a Podcast anchored by Channels Television’s Seun Okinbaloye, Dokubo claimed he had a military company engaged by the government to work alongside the military in some states of the federation.
Asari-Dokubo had said, “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. Private military companies exist all over the world; we have Black Waters, we have Wagner, we have so many private military companies.
“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.”
However, the Director of Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, said the Army had never conducted an operation in any part of the country in collaboration with Asari-Dokubo’s men.
He said, “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, which is 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 theater of operations.”