TY Danjuma: arrest Tompolo, Asari-Dokubo, others now

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One-time Minister of Defence Gen. Theophilus Danjuma yesterday called for the arrest of former Niger Delta-militants, who are threatening to rock the boat should President Goodluck Jonathan lose the February 14  election.

Mujaheed Dokubo-Asari said after a meeting last week in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, that “ex-militants” would return to their old ways should Dr Jonathan lose the election.

Gen. Danjuma described the statement as “reckless” and called for the arrest of the ex-militants.

Saying politicians and their supporters should be wary of provocative and inflammatory statements, he described Asari-Dokubo’s threat as condemnable.

He said “Those are very reckless statements made by irresponsible individuals and they should be condemned. In fact, they should be arrested.”

The former Chief of Army Staff was responding to reporters’ questions in Kano during the inauguration of the

Senate building of the North West University. The institution was established by the Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso administration.

”Successors abandon what they inherit; my prayer is that whoever that is going to succeed you (Kwankwaso) will continue with the very good work you have started,” Gen. Danjuma, the guest of honour said.

Gen Danjuma also commissioned the multi billion naira Kwankwasiyya Village, one of the three mega cities built by the governor who he described as a man with foresight under whose watch Kano has witnessed rapid development.

Kwankwaso said his administration had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)with a Chinese firm, which has acquired 200 units from the Kwankwassiyya village and within three months the state governments will be richer with N5 billion.

Dokubo-Asari, leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force (NDPVF); Victor Ben Ebikabowei, aka, Boyloaf; Government Ekpudomenowei, aka Tompolo and other ex-militants last Saturday vowed to ensure that President Goodluck Jonathan wins the presidential election.

The militant leaders and their ex-followers spoke at the meeting at a Government House in Yenagoa, threatening to unleash violence on the country and take back “Niger Delta oil” should the president lose the election.

They also said any attempt to dethrone Jonathan would be seen as a direct attack on the Ijaw nation.

Addressing the Yenagoa meeting, Dokubo-Asari said: “For every Goliath, God created a David. For every Pharoah, there is a Moses. We are going to war. Everyone of you should go and fortify yourself.”

Boyloaf condemned the attack on President Jonathan in the North, saying nobody has the monopoly of violence. “Keep grudges and sentiments apart. We are ready to match them bumper to bumper,” he said.

The Federal Government has so far not reacted to the threat.

But the Ijaw Youth Council on Monday clarified the statement by Dokubo-Asari, which it described as his personal opinion and not that of the group.

According to the IYC, its interest is that the elections should be fair. It said if the president loses a free and fair poll, there would be no trouble, but that they would not accept an unfair election.

The Police and the State Security Service (SSS) have threatened to arrest anyone making provocative statements but they have not reacted to this development.

Bauchi State Governor Isa Yuguda has claimed that the stoning of the President’s convoy in Bauchiwas the handiwork of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) supporters.

The opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) believes that attacks are part of PDP’s plan to force a postponement of the polls.

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