Mujahid Dokubo-Asari (Asari)
Former leader of the Niger Delta People's Volunteer Force (NDPVF); Founding member of the Ijaw Youth Council
Date of Birth: 1964
Place of Birth: Port Harcourt
Education: Primary and Secondary School, Port Harcourt; University of Calabar, 1988-90.
Career: Stood unsuccessfully for election, Rivers State House of Assembly, 1992; stood unsuccessfully for election, Chairman of Asari-Toru; First Vice-President, Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), 1998; President, IYC, 2001; Founder, Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force (NDPVF), 2004; arrested for treason, 2005.
Commentary: Son of a judge and born Melford Dokubo Goodhead Junior, Asari
graduated from leading the Ijaw Youth Congress into armed direct action
against foreign oil companies. After military training in Libya, he returned home in 2003. He fell out with the then Rivers State Governor, Peter Odili,
and formed the NDPVF, fighting with rival militant Tom. After his
arrest and release under an earlier amnesty, he informed on his former
patrons and comrades.
In a recent video interview, Dokubo asserted there will be trouble if Nigeria fails to vote Goodluck Jonathan into office (In 2015) as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Members of the House of Representatives have demanded Dokubo's arrest due to various claimed attempts by him to incite violence between the north and southern parts of Nigeria.