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Iké Dubaku was the second-in-command of General Benjamin Juma, and, holding the rank of colonel, led much of the rebel military force known as the People's Freedom Army in Sangala. He was known as "the Butcher of Sangala" for his war crimes. He had a brother, Youssou, and a son, Laurent, who were both also part of Juma's movement.

Dubaku was a high-ranking operative who was active in Sangala during Redemption; by Day 7, several months later, Dubaku had arrived in Washington, D.C. and was masterminding a plot to steal and activate a CIP device that would allow him to freely commit terrorist acts in order to coerce President Allison Taylor into removing the US military from Sangala. He was eventually captured by Jack Bauer and Renee Walker, and was sent to a hospital to recover from his injuries, but was killed by Udo on Juma's orders. Dubaku died betraying the Taylor administration conspiracy, and Jack was able to access a data chip, which Dubaku had implanted in his midriff, containing the names of many of his moles.

Before Redemption[]

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Dubaku at a soccer stadium during the Barakar Massacre

Iké's father served General Juma, but died before the events of Redemption. Iké himself worked in the presidential guard, and took part in the Barakar Massacre, the event which earned him the nickname "the Butcher of Sangala". Dubaku played a major role in the business transaction with Jonas Hodges, in which Hodges supplied war materiel in return for the chance to test his bio-weapon on isolated Sangalan villagers.


From Sangala, Dubaku, second-in-command of the People's Freedom Army, spoke with Jonas Hodges over the phone, and they discussed the weapons and resources which had been supplied by Hodges. Hodges also offered direct military assistance to Juma's forces, but Dubaku declined, insisting that his people could fight their own war.


Dubaku in Sangala

He tasked his brother with collecting children to use as soldiers in the impending coup. Initially turning out disappointing results, his brother made the decision to attack a school run by Carl Benton to bolster numbers.

Dubaku later on learned that the attack had failed, and his brother Youssou had been killed (Jack Bauer had snapped his neck). He swore vengeance for his brother's death. Juma, having recently arrived at the encampment, spoke against the action, as his role in the following days was far too important. With Bauer heading towards the evacuation point at the capital, he insisted his only chance for revenge was quickly slipping away, and left.

He took a chopper to the outskirts of the city, where he discovered the group fleeing into the nearby woods. Along with a pair of guards he gave chase, discovering a lone Benton who quickly surrendered. He demanded to know the whereabouts of the children and the other man, and when Benton refused to speak, Dubaku shot him twice without result.

Unknown to Dubaku, Benton had stepped on a land mine and began to intentionally lure them by speaking incoherently. Dubaku finally ordered a guard to take him into custody, but Benton simply cursed him and stepped off the mine, detonating it close to Dubaku and killing himself in the process. Though his men were dismembered and killed in the explosion, Dubaku survived and awoke shortly after the blast.

Day 7[]


Dubaku discusses his plans with David Emerson and Nichols at the Ritter Building

Dubaku secretly entered the United States to oversee the attack on the CIP firewall, which would potentially cause major losses of life and force the newly-elected President Allison Taylor to cancel the planned intervention in Sangala.

At 9:34am, David Emerson delivered Michael Latham and the CIP module to Dubaku and Nichols at 546 Adams. Dubaku remarked that the United States was about to pay a high price for interfering in Sangalan affairs. When the deadline for Dubaku's demands had failed to be met, he ordered his technician to direct two planes to collide in mid-air, and called the White House. The crash occurred to the southwest of the Oval Office, for all of Washington to see. However, this attack had the opposite effect, as it reinforced President Taylor's commitment of not surrendering to him.


Dubaku prepares for his next attack

At 1:59pm, he revealed his belief that President Taylor was not just stubborn, but insane. He ordered his men to prepare for an attack on a chemical plant in Kidron, Ohio in retaliation. As he was overseeing this attack, Nichols arrived with Ule Matobo and his wife, Alama. Upon greeting him, they exposed their disagreement about how to rule Sangala. Matobo steadfastly accused him of being the traitor and the terrorist, refusing to surrender any information. Dubaku guaranteed that he will, as he looked at Alama's.

In the midst of the attack, Nichols alerted him of surveillance-footage that showed Jack Bauer, Tony Almeida and Bill Buchanan mounting a raid from the rooftops. Dubaku ordered the CIP module to be removed, aborting the attack. As Nichols demanded an explanation from him, Dubaku announced that they were moving to another location and he was taking the Matobo family.

Both Tony and Bill mounted an assault through the front of the room, while Jack blew a C-4 charge from the ceiling. Dubaku opened fire from the corners of the room as his men were gunned down. He sent a technician to grab the CIP module, but he was shot by Tony and the module was destroyed in the crossfire. After realizing he was losing the assault, Dubaku fled for a back room down the corridor. There, he found the beaten and imprisoned Michael Latham. Dubaku and his men had him wired with explosives under threats against his family. As Jack, Tony and Bill walked in the room, Latham was blown up, stalling Jack and his team long enough to escape.

From a train, Dubaku called Secret Service Agent Edward Vossler to ask why his accomplice, Brian Gedge, hadn't answered his phone. Vossler explained that First Gentleman Henry Taylor had killed Gedge, ruining the staged suicide. Vossler asked if he should kill Henry and Dubaku refused, telling him to bring him to a meeting-point.

Dubaku returned to an apartment he kept inside of Washington. Just as he got in his apartment, he received the visit of Marika, a waitress he had been dating under the cover-identity of "Samuel Aboa". She asked him to join her for dinner, but he dismissed her. It was then that agent Edward Vossler called to confirm the rendezvous to trade over Henry Taylor. Dubaku ordered him to bring him to his apartment and to be quiet.


Dubaku holds Henry Taylor hostage

Dubaku then went to a second hideout he had in the cellar of a store at 12451 Arlington Avenue, where Vossler had brought Taylor. There, he contacted President Taylor and asked her again to pull back her forces from Sangala and surrender Matobo, or he would kill her husband. To prove he meant it, he cut off Henry's finger while she listened. While at his hideout, Dubaku received a call from Rosa, Marika's sister, who openly disapproved of their relationship. She threatened to reveal his illegality in the country if he didn't break up with her. He then left the hideout to deal with this. While out, he found out that Taylor had tricked him with a Matobo look-alike, so he called Elemu and told him to kill Henry.

Dubaku then met with Marika outside her job and told her that the authorities had found out he was in the country illegally. He told her that he was leaving the country to Belize and that he wanted her to come with him. He also assured Marika they would bring Rosa a few days after they arrived. Later on, Dubaku got a call from Ryan Burnett who was helping him get out of the country. He told him that his documents and itinerary were set and that he would soon escape. They then arranged to meet for the exchange. Upon meeting Burnett, Dubaku deduced correctly that Burnett was planning to kill him before he left the country, and threatened Burnett that if anything happened to him or Marika, arrangements were set to have a collection of evidence, which incriminated Burnett and his people, sent to the Department of Justice. While Dubaku was waiting for Marika to arrive, Burnett called him again and informed him that Marika had betrayed him, and was now helping the FBI. Burnett offered to kill her, but Dubaku said that he would take care of her himself despite the danger of being captured. However, he still intended to leave with Marika, and upon meeting her, told her that the evidence brought against him was a lie, forged by the government as a way of silencing him.

After convincing her of still going with him, they left to an airfield where Burnett was expecting. On the way, Dubaku noticed Jack and Renee following them and ordered his driver to speed up. As they drove around the city, Marika attacked the driver, causing the car to flip over and crash, critically injuring both of them. Dubaku's driver walked out of the wreckage and attempted to shoot Jack, but was killed. While Marika died in the crash, Dubaku survived (albeit in critical condition) and was dragged from the burning car by Jack.


Jack threatens Dubaku while he is in critical condition.

On a gurney, the unconscious Dubaku was given an epinephrine shot by paramedics to reawaken him on Jack's orders. Bauer threatened Dubaku's son in Sangala to coerce information from him. Although unable to reveal much, he did alert Jack to a list he had of his co-conspirators. While using the shock paddles, the lead paramedic discovered that Dubaku had a small metal object in his chest. At gunpoint, Jack had the paramedics cut open his abdomen, where he took the data-stick tucked under his rib-cage. Dubaku was shipped off to a hospital where he was given treatment for his wounds.

Laying stabilized in his hospital bed, Dubaku was secretly injected with a substance by Udo, one of Juma's men. Dr. Scott and two residents administered CPR and shocks, but Dubaku still died of a massive heart attack. His death was called at 6:06pm, EST. Juma dispatched Udo to kill Dubaku after his plot with the CIP device failed, fearful that Dubaku might have exposed information that would compromise Juma. Dubaku was originally intended to be one of the participants of the White House siege, though his place was taken by his son Laurent, whom Juma kept in the dark of Dubaku's death and cowardice.

Background information and notes[]

  • The 24: Redemption scene in which Dubaku opened his eyes after the explosion of Benton's land mine is among a handful of scenes that were revealed in the expanded version of the episode, found on the Redemption DVD's extended cut version.
  • Redemption takes place 65 days before Day 7, but Dubaku apparently met Marika Donoso 4 months before Day 7. This means that Dubaku had been entering and exiting the states for at least 4 months prior to Day 7, and Dubaku was present in Sangala during Redemption.
  • It is unclear if Dubaku knew that Jack was the specific American who killed his brother.
  • Dubaku is one of the 3 characters known to have placed an important memory card in his body -- the other two being Jonathan Wallace on Day 2 and Pavel Tokarev on Day 8 (Tokarev swallowed his SIM Card, while Dubaku and Wallace implanted it in their midriffs). All of them had it cut out of their bodies by Jack Bauer.
    • Dubaku's strategy of implanting the chip in his midriff is somewhat questionable, because if he were to have been killed by the corrupt government conspiracy, then it would be purely up to luck (namely whether or not the conspiracy would bury his body) if it would actually get to the justice department.
  • Dubaku's alias, "Samuel Aboa", is likely a reference to the 1993-2002 television series The X Files which was co-written by 24 show runner Howard Gordon. In the season 4 episode "Teliko", the "monster of the week" was named Samuel Aboah.
  • Despite being the right hand of Benjamin Juma, Dubaku appears only in two scenes with Juma, both of which are in 24: Redemption.
  • On that note, despite being his second-in-command, Dubaku gets much more screen time and much more time as Jack's adversary in the series than Juma does. This includes Redemption, where he is a more prominent antagonist then Juma; additionally, Dubaku appeared in 9 Season 7 episodes while Juma only appeared in 3. Furthermore, Dubaku's terrorist plots with the CIP device would prove to be much more destructive and had much higher casualty potentials than the White House siege.
  • Dubaku's death is similar to Samir Mehran's during Day 8; both of them, after being incapacitated, were poisoned by a man pretending to be a doctor, in order to prevent them from exposing plots they were aware of.

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