Nigeria: Separatist Unrest


November 12, 2005: Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, leader of the NDPVF ( Niger Delta People's Volunteer Force) is fighting treason charges, and years of prison. The government apparently believes that if they put Dokubo-Asari away for ten years or so, his organization will wither and fade away. That's unlikely to happen, because NDPVF thrives on stolen oil, and the armed forces have been unable to halt the thefts (usually by punching holes in pipelines).

November 10, 2005: The government has recovered $700 million, from Swiss banks, that was stolen from Nigeria by former dictator Sani Abacha. However, the former president and his cronies stole billions, and most of that will probably never be recovered.

Police found rifles and ammunition in the home of the leader of the NDPVF ( Niger Delta People's Volunteer Force.) The organization was supposed to have disarmed, but is widely believed to have kept their weapons.

November 8, 2005: Ralph Uwazurike, the leader of MASSOB ( Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra), and six of his followers, have been charged with treason. The government fears that the separatist group could spark another civil war, like the one in the 1960s that left over a million dead. In the southeast, 20 more members of MASSOB were charged with crimes related to separatism.

November 7, 2005: In the southeast, Biafran separatists clashed with police for the second time in two weeks, and burned down the house of a former president of Nigeria. .


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