Separatist leader calls for German's release

9th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

9 Augsut 2006, ABJUA - Ethnic Ijaw separatist leader Mujahideen Asari Dokubo has called for the immediate release of a German oil worker abducted in Port Harcourt in the Niger Delta on 3 August. Dokubo said he had no hand in the abduction and called for the immediate release of the German. National chairman of a non-governmental organization, Foundation for Ethnic Harmony in Nigeria (FEHN), Allen Onyema, said Wednesday that Dokubo had enlisted the organization's support in declaring his innocence regarding

9 Augsut 2006

ABJUA - Ethnic Ijaw separatist leader Mujahideen Asari Dokubo has called for the immediate release of a German oil worker abducted in Port Harcourt in the Niger Delta on 3 August.

Dokubo said he had no hand in the abduction and called for the immediate release of the German.

National chairman of a non-governmental organization, Foundation for Ethnic Harmony in Nigeria (FEHN), Allen Onyema, said Wednesday that Dokubo had enlisted the organization's support in declaring his innocence regarding the abduction.

Onyema said that since Dobuko knew that the kidnappers were demanding his release as a condition for releasing the German, Dokubo "wishes to appeal to the kidnappers to release their hostage unconditionally as he has no hand in his travails."

He said that Dokubo appreciated the kidnappers' concern, but "fervently pleaded for the German to be released since the desire of the Niger Delta people to take control of the oil in the region could still be achieved peacefully."

A group that called itself the Movement of the Niger Delta People claimed earlier in the week that it had abducted the German last Thursday to further press for the release of Dokubo.

Dokubo is currently facing treason charges at an Abuja court for waging a separatist war on Nigeria in 2004 when he declared that the country lacked legitimacy and that it was stealing crude oil belonging to the Niger Delta people.

DPA

Subject: German news

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