Asari Dokubo: A Prominent Figure in the Niger Delta Struggle

Formation of the Niger Delta People's Volunteer Force (NDPVF)

Asari Dokubo: A Prominent Figure in the Niger Delta Struggle Asari Dokubo: A Prominent Figure in the Niger Delta Struggle

Asari Dokubo is a name that echoes through the vast mangroves and turbulent waters of the Niger Delta region in Nigeria. He is a charismatic and controversial figure who has played a significant role in the struggle for the rights and development of the people living in this oil-rich region. Read on as we shed light on the life, activism, and impact of Asari Dokubo in the Niger Delta.

Early Life and Education

Born on June 1, 1964, in Abonnema, Rivers State, Nigeria, Asari Dokubo hails from the Ijaw ethnic group, which constitutes a significant percentage of the population in the Niger Delta. He completed his primary and secondary education in Nigeria before venturing to the Soviet Union for higher education. There, he studied engineering at the University of Kiev.

Formation of the Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force (NDPVF)

In the early 2000s, Asari Dokubo rose to prominence as the founder and leader of the Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force (NDPVF). The group was formed to address the longstanding grievances of the Niger Delta communities, which felt marginalized and exploited by multinational oil corporations and the Nigerian government.

Activism and Struggle

Dokubo and the NDPVF demanded greater control over the region’s oil resources and the establishment of a sovereign Niger Delta Republic. The group argued that the Niger Delta region, which houses most of Nigeria’s oil wealth, had not received its fair share of economic benefits, resulting in widespread poverty, environmental degradation, and social unrest.

Controversy and Legal Troubles

Asari Dokubo’s activism has not been devoid of controversy. In 2005, he was arrested and charged with treason for his involvement in the Niger Delta struggle. However, he was acquitted of all charges in 2007. Despite his legal troubles, he remained steadfast in his mission to fight for the rights of the Niger Delta people.

Political Engagement and Current Status

After his acquittal, Dokubo ventured into politics and formed the Niger Delta People’s Salvation Front (NDPSF), aiming to secure political representation and economic development for the Niger Delta. In recent years, he has maintained a relatively low profile, though he continues to be regarded as an influential figure in the region.

Legacy and Impact

Asari Dokubo’s contributions to the Niger Delta struggle cannot be underestimated. His leadership and activism brought international attention to the socio-economic and environmental challenges faced by the Niger Delta communities. Despite the controversy surrounding his methods, Dokubo’s efforts have played a significant role in shaping public discourse on resource control and equitable development in Nigeria.


Asari Dokubo remains a polarizing figure whose impact on the Niger Delta struggle cannot be ignored. Regardless of one’s views on his methods or the ultimate realization of his goals, his activism has brought attention to the plight of the Niger Delta people and their legitimate demands for economic empowerment, environmental justice, and political representation. The struggle for the Niger Delta’s rights and development continues, and Asari Dokubo’s role in this ongoing battle will be remembered in the annals of the region’s history.


Written By: Jideofo Okibe, (Obinwannem News correspondent Enugwu State)
Date: April 05, 2024
Ubochi Orie Mmiri
Published by Ugwu Okechukwu (CEO Obinwannem Foundation)

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