A non-government organisation, Unity Advocacy Group, has hit ex-militant, Asari Dokubo over his allegations that some Nigerian military is behind most of the oil thefts in the country.
The group noted that Dokubo is only playing to the gallery because he was looking for political patronage.
The PUNCH reports that Dokubo after a private meeting with President Bola Tinubu said that ordinary Niger Delta citizens are not responsible for oil theft in the region but powerful cabals within the Nigerian military vowing that these powerful forces have now met their match and many people would soon be marching to Kuje.
The Nigerian Navy, however, immediately countered Dokubo describing his allegations as spurious.
However, the UAG convener, Mr Ifeanyi Aigbedion in a statement released on Friday accused Dokubo of being economical with the truth.
According to Aigbedion, Dokubo could have gone ahead and lobbied for political patronage without raising unfounded allegations.
“Asari Dokubo can meet President Bola Tinubu and offer suggestions on the way forward, if he has it, without raising unfounded allegations at a time the new government is trying to settle down and proffer solutions to the economic crisis in the country.
“Even volunteering to use his boys to assist in tackling oil theft raises an eyebrow and is more of a selfish endeavour.
“Would the military and other security agencies have come into the region if there had been no oil theft?
“Who are the real actors that are angry with anti-crude theft operations?
“Can Asari Dokubo mention the names of the culprits, if he has them?” the group queried.
Aigbedion said the armed forces under Gen. Lucky Irabor, should be commended for its sincere approach towards unraveling oil theft in the Niger Delta.
According to him, Nigerians are aware that no other Chief of Defence Staff has visited the sites of oil theft like the present Chief.