30 June 2011
Aggrieved ex-militants in the Niger Delta are preparing for a show- down with the Federal Government over its decision to commence the third phase of the amnesty programme.
The coordinator of the programme, Mr. Kingsley Kuku had recently declared that those nursing the hope of a third phase of the amnesty programme should forget about it as the Federal Government had shut the door on amnesty.
But the aggrieved ex-militants expressed shock over the disclosure and immediately initiated discussions with some Ijaw leaders to intervene before the matter gets out of hand.
Some of the affected ex-militants from Bayelsa said it was hard for them to believe Kuku’s statement after they had surrendered their arms to the Joint Military Task (JTF). In an interview in Yenagoa, the leadership of the group led by its Chairman, Julius Joseph, Secretary, Angamawei Richman, spokesman Festus Joshua and General Oyile frowned at what it described as the deceitful nature of the Federal Government by accepting their arms and refusing to include them in the amnesty programme.