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detained leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force, (NDPVF), Alhaji Mujaheed Dokubo-Asari, has dissociated himself from the crash of the Bellview Airline, which claimed 117 lives last weekend, saying he had no hand in the tragedy.
PORT HARCOURT — Detained leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force, (NDPVF), Alhaji Mujaheed Dokubo-Asari, has dissociated himself from the crash of the Bellview Airline, which claimed 117 lives last weekend, saying he had no hand in the tragedy.
He also described the group, the Coalition for Militant Action in the Niger Delta (COMA), which allegedly claimed responsibility for the crash in a statement dated October 23, 2005 as "non-existent" but only out to drag his name in the mud.
This was part of a statement issued in Port Harcourt yesterday and signed by his lawyer, Uche Okwukwu.
He further described the statement issued by COMA as most irresponsible, intending to achieve nothing than to blackmail Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo-Asari and the Niger Delta in general.
His words: "All the organizations claiming to be in alliance with the non-existent militant body, do not exist. For example, there is no movement, group or organization known as the Ogoni Justice Seekers.
"I urge the general public, the security agencies, government and the families of the victims of the ill-fated crashed plane, to disregard the contention of this non-existent group and see Alhaji Dokubo-Asari as one who is touched by these deaths," his Attorney said.
He expressed condolence to President Olusegun Obasanjo and other Nigerians on the death of the First Lady, Chief Stella Obasanjo and the loss of lives in the plane crash over the last weekend, he said
A group, which called itself COMA, had claimed responsibility for the Bellview plane crash and attributed its action to the continued incarceration of Dokubo-Asari.
In a statement credited to one Alaye Teme, the Alliance Leader and David Igbi, Chief Strategy Architect, and published by some national dailies, the group said it would carry out more attacks if Dokubo-Asari was not released.