Asari Dokubo Biography, Age, Early Life, Family, Education, Career And Net Worth

Dokubo-Asari is a major political figure of the Ijaw ethnic group in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria and the founder of the Niger Delta People's Volunteer Force.

Before founding the Niger Delta People's Volunteer Force which later became of the most prominent armed groups operating in the Niger Delta region, Asari also served as the president of the Ijaw Youth Council.

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Asari Dokubo Profile

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Full names: Mujahid Dokubo-Asari
Date of birth: 1st June 1964
Nationality: Beninese
State of origin: Rivers State
Spouse: Alhaja Zainab Asari Dokubo (late), Boma Dokubo
Children: Amirah, Hassan, Hussain, Osama
Education: University of Calabar (UniCal)
Occupation: Politician
Religion: Muslim
Net worth:

Mujahid Dokubo-Asari Biography, Date Of Birth, Early Life, Family And Education

Asari Dokubo was born on the 1st of June, 1964 in Rivers State, Nigeria. He was born into a middle-class Christian family headed by a court judge and a housewife.

After completing his primary and secondary education, Asari proceeded to the University of Calabar (UniCal), where he gained admission to study Law. He, however, dropped out after his 300 level in 1990, citing problems with university authorities as his reason for doing so.

He secured another admission to study at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology but couldn't complete again due to reasons similar to those at UniCal.

Political Career and Activism

Asari Dokubo converted to Islam after dropping out of school and changed his name to Mujahid Dokubo-Asari to reflect the change. He spent most of the 1990s attempting to become involved in regional politics to no avail.

After failing in his second attempt at running for an office, Asari alongside some other Ijaws formed the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) and he was appointed as the vice-presidency of the organization.

In 2001, he became the president of the Ijaw Youth Council. During the period he served as the president, he led the group to pursue an agenda of "Resource Control and Self Determination By Every Means Necessary".

Around 2004, Asari had retreated from public view. The militant group, the Niger Delta People's Volunteer Force (NDPVF), which he created emerged as a major catalyst for unrest in the Delta region. The group was reportedly being funded by local and regional politicians who sought great profits from the region's oil revenue.

The same period, NDPVF escalated an armed conflict with a rival group, known as the Niger Delta Vigilante (NDV), who were also seeking to control the Delta's oil resources. The combat was primarily concentrated in Warri and subsequently, Port Harcourt as well as other areas in the city's southwest. The two groups engaged in various illegal forms of local resource extraction, including oil bunkering.

NDPVF's attacks and threats on the oil wells and pipelines caused companies operating in the area to withdraw most of their personnel from the Delta, a move which led to a massive drop in oil production globally.

In the quest to precipitate the crisis, President Olusegun Obasanjo invited Asari and the leader of the NDV, Ateke Tom to Abuja for peace talks which were in large part a failure.

After a while, Ateke was arrested by the Nigerian federal government over charges relating to treason because of his refusal to endorse the legitimacy of the Olusegun Obasanjo government and due to his public support for self-determination of his native Ijaw people and independence for the Niger Delta.

On 14 June 2007, he was released on bail as part of new President Umaru Yar'Adua's pledge to try and bring peace to the Niger Delta region. In addition to this, the federal government also awarded massive cash awards to the different Niger Delta terror leaders, including Asari who received an annual cash payment of USD$10 million a year from the government.
The money was part of the federal "pipeline security protection fee" to protect the Rivers State pipelines and creeks that the terrorists bombed, kidnapped and killed the workers and guards in the areas.

Personal Life

Asari Dokubo, though born by Christain parents converted to Isalm after dropping out of school. It was after the move that he adapted the name Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, to reflect the change.

In 2013, he relocated to the Benin Republic after naturalising there. He further moved all his wealth and assets out of the Niger Delta, Nigeria, to Cotonou, the capital of Benin Republic. He reportedly built several schools, colleges and a university for the school children and students in Cotonou.

Asari Dokubo Net Worth

Asari Dokubo's official net worth isn't known, but he'd definitely be worth millions of dollars. His sources of revenue include the money he received from the Yar'adua amnesty incentives as well as his other business ventures which included illegal oil bunkering.

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