Niger delta frontline ex-militant, Mujahid Asari Dokubo has openly denied the story making rounds that unknown gunmen killed a Major and 3 soldiers of the Nigerian Army in Rivers State.
An official army report about the attack stated that at about 11 am on Thursday, 17 March, 2016, troops on patrol in Abonemma, Akukutoru LGA of Rivers State had a fierce encounter with a group of unknown gunmen suspected to be sea pirates.
According to the report, during the encounter, an officer and a soldier who sustained various degree of injury lost their lives.
However, Asari Dokubo, on his Facebook page “Dokubo Asari Justice Foundation”, in one captivating sentence denied the story as fabricated.
The statement read: “Please pass the message no soldier was killed in Abonnema.”
However, Asari went on and shared a joint press statement issued by Niger Delta People Salvation Front cum the Niger Delta People Volunteer Force (NDPSF/NDPVF) warning of a purported attempt by the Federal Government to rig the upcoming elections in the state.
The statement was signed by the spokesperson to Niger Delta People Salvation Front (NDPSF), Comrade Rex Ekiugbo Anighoro.
Read the statement below:
“WE WILL RESIST ELECTION RIGGING IN RIVERS STATE
Let it be known that the Alhaji Mujahid Abubakar Dokubo Asari led Niger Delta People Salvation Front cum the Niger Delta People Volunteer Force (NDPSF/NDPVF) will join millions of Rivers people to resist any form of electoral rigging at the coming Saturday’s Senate, House of Representatives and House of Assembly Elections.
Our position on the Rivers elections is unambiguous, it is simple and clear. It is let there be no form of electoral manipulations, let the will of the people of Rivers State be sacrosanct. Let no president, army, police, minister, governor, militant leader or even media or observer try to manipulate the elections or mislead the people with false reporting. We demand ‘Let the wishes of Rivers people prevail’.
Let the forces of the rampaging Fulani herdsman know that the people of Rivers State will totally resist an occupational Army of Slave masters, taskmasters, field slaves and house slaves.
Let every voter be confined to his polling booth and let no big man subvert the rules. Let us clearly warn, should Rotimi Ameachi who is personally planning to swap results be allowed to move from his unit to other voting units by whatever guise protected by agents of the state will be an open invitation to violence and chaos.
Rivers people are ready to vote and will defend the outcome of their votes. It is in the best interest of all especially the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that things are done properly, not allowing itself to be the harbinger of violence, should they compromise, they would be resisted.
The good people of Rivers State know already that the People Democratic Party (PDP) best represents the interest of Rivers people and by extension the Niger Delta Region and will overwhelmingly vote for the Party.
For indeed Rivers people and the Niger Delta have rejected the All Progressive Congress (APC) which is an enemy’s Party.”
Earlier, the Peoples Democratic party [PDP] has, through its spokesman, Olisa Metuh alleged that the federal government is stage-managing violence in the state to enable it declare a state of emergency in the state.
The party, thereby, warned of ‘dire consequences’ in the event of such development.
The state governor, Nyesom Wike had also cried wolf over the raging violence in the state, alleging that the central powers are sponsoring violences in the state to usurp his power, which they couldn’t achieve through the ballot box and judiciary, via a malicious “State of Emergency”.
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