Under the auspices of the Coalition for the Defence of Southeast Citizens and Properties, a coalition of Southeast Democracy, Human Rights, Security and Safety Civil Societies (CSOs) has called on the federal government to investigate the actual services of a private militia company in the southeast called Royal Switch Services.
Asari Dokubo owns Royal Switch Services, a private security firm.
The group insisted on determining who hired Asari Dokubo, why, and for what goals.
The alliance, comprised of over 40 advocacy organisations from both within and outside Nigeria, believes that a panel should be formed to evaluate the degree of damage and casualties caused by Asari’s private army operation in the Southeast.
“Finally, if found culpable, we demand that Asari be made to face the full wrath of the law.
“We strongly believe that this would be the journey towards genuine healing, reconciliation and rehabilitation of those that have lost person(s), properties and means of livelihood as a result of Asari’s engagement in the Southeast” the group stated.
The coalition requested that President Bola Tinubu’s led administration to “make a categorical statement on the false flag operations in the Southeast, which is intended to put the region in chaos.”
The demands of the coalition of CSOs were contained in a letter dated October 12, and addressed to Mallam Nuhu Ribadu,
The letter read in part, “We write to request the Federal Government to constitute a Panel of Inquiry into Asari Dokubo’s Royal Switch Services (private military company), which he claims has the express imprimatur of the Presidency and was officially engaged by the Federal Government for covert operations in the Southeast; specifically in Abia, Anambra, Imo, Enugu and Ebonyi States.”
According to the coalition, Asari Dokubo’s Royal Switch Services does not have Presidential licence to operate in Nigeria, and that the paramilitary company has never met the constitutional prerequisites and approvals under current Federal Government regulations.
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