Nigeria: Niger Delta Avengers – Jonathan’s Men Under Watch?
By Ekele Peter Agbo*
Strong indications have emerged that close associates and allies of former former president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan have been put under surveillance by the nation’s security agencies.
This followed heightened insecurity in the oil rich Niger Delta following the spate of bombings of oil pipelines and and other facilities by the nascent militant group, Niger Delta Avengers (NDA).
A top security source disclosed that although government had yet firmed up investigations regarding the ‘involvement or complicity’ of some of Jonathan’s close allies, it was not ‘waving aside deeper scrutiny.’
He said the continued detention of former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki(rtd), Mr Robert Azibola(Jonathan’s cousin) as well as the former president’s special assistant on domestic matters, Dr Waripamowei Dudafa had ‘more to do with national security than financial misappropriation.
“The rate at which this issue of Avengers is going, we are looking beyond the surface of the so called conditions rolled out by the avengers. Right now, there are feelers that some top officials of the past administration actually instigated the ongoing crisis in the Niger Delta region. I mean those who were trusted allies of the principal of that period.
“That is why we are not bothered about the blackmail that going on that we are holding people illegally or refusing to allow suspects access to medicals. This is because even though we are yet to conclude preliminary investigation on this unfolding development, we will not wave added the need for deeper security scrutiny.
“What Nigerians have failed to realise is that Dasuki, Dudafa and Azibola are not the only suspects under EFCC probe. They should ask themselves why they are still being held when others with similar cases have been granted bail. Their cases have more to do with national security than financial misappropriation,” he said.