Saturday, September 17, 2011

Ex-militants protest: JTF breaks silence, issues 7-day ultimatum

Sun News
13 September 2011

The Joint Military Task Force (JTF) has issued a seven- day ultimatum to those still in possession of illegal arms and ammunition in the Niger Delta region to surrender them or face the law.

According to the JTF after the expiration of the seven-day ultimatum, anybody caught with arms and ammunition in the Niger Delta would be treated like a criminal.

The security outfits action was as a result of remarks in some quarters that it was responsible for the ex-militants protest recently carried out in the state, which held travelers on the East-west road stranded for eight hours.

The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs and coordinator of the post amnesty programme, Mr Kingsley Kuku had recently during a review of the amnesty programme in the 100 days of President Goodluck Jonathan accused the JTF of colluding with the ex-militants to frustrate the momentum of the programme by claiming that they have disarmed and merited amnesty.

However, the JTF, which broke its silence over the ex- militants protest in a statement by its media coordinator, Lt. Col. Timothy Antigha, while describing the insinuations as “sad and unfortunate” explained that the only interaction, the JTF had with the ex-militants was to ensure that they submitted the illegal arms and ammunitions in their possessions without making any promise that they would be included in the amnesty programme.

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