By George Onah & Fred Iwenjora
Posted to the Web: Saturday, June 16, 2007
LOLO Ngozi Uwazurike, wife of the detained founder of the Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Chief Raph Uwazurike, has joined other Nigerians celebrating the bail granted Alhaji Mujahid Asari-Dokubo, leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force, NDPVF.
Dokubo was, Thursday, granted bail on special ground of ill-health by an Abuja Federal High Court presided over by Justice Peter Olayiwola. The Federal Government did not oppose the bail application, even as the court attached four stringent conditions to the NDPVF’s leader’s freedom.
Reacting to the granting of the bail request, Lolo Uwazurike said she was happy for Asari’s family. Said she: “I’m very happy and thankful to God that this day came for Asari-Dokubo and his family, especially his wife. I say so because I know that it’s not easy to live without the bread winner.
“I know that for us, wives of the two detained men (Dokubo and Uwazurike), it has been harrowing experience running the homes without the husbands, paying our children’s school fees and all the other problems which face men. Quite frankly, it’s not been easy to combine both the duties of a mother and a father.”
The bail granted to the NDPVF now makes it three of the detained ethnic warlords since released. Dr. Fredrick Faseun and Gani Adams, two OPC leaders had earlier been granted bail, leaving only the MASSOB leader in detention.
But his wife, Ngozi, says Dokubo’s freedom gives her hope that her husband may soon be given the same treatment. According to her, “Asari Dokubo’s freedom gives us hope that soon, my husband, Chief Raph Uwazurike would be released, especially to come back and bury his mother who died while he’s in detention.
“My children and I, as well as his other supporters are warming up to welcome Chief Uwazurike back home. We have not buried Madam Ahudiya Monica Uwazurike, my husband’s mother because we don’t want to do it until my husband is around.”
Also speaking on the release of Dokubo, the Action Congress governorship candidate for Rivers state in the last general elections, Prince Tonye Princewill has praised the Nigerian judiciary for granting bail to the leader of the Niger Delta Volunteer Force. Princewill said his freedom had set the pace for total security in the region.
A statement from Princewill’s campaign organization, Thursday, said: “The judiciary has once again demonstrated and affirmed the axiom that the institution is the last hope of the common man. The court is the protector of the deprived, haunted, and intimidated as well as the less privileged Nigerians in the hands of those that have turned themselves into tin-gods in the country. The court in the land has again in today’s (Thursday’s) landmark judgment of granting bail to our brother, Alhaji. Asari Dokunbo, displayed excellent courage as a distinct arm of government that could stand its ground from interference from any quarter.”