Thursday, September 8, 2011

Ex-Militants Threaten to Attack Oil Installations in Niger Delta

Daily Champion
5 September 2011

A group of ex-militants in the Niger Delta region yesterday threatened to disrupt the peace and oil installations in the region if the Federal Government failed to integrate its members into the post amnesty programme put in place by late President Musa Yar-Adua.

The repented militants also has issued President Jonathan led administration seven days ultimatum to include its members in the ongoing amnesty project and pay its foot soldiers their entitlements or risk disruption of pipelines .

The group under the aegis of Niger Delta Development also accused some aides of President Goodluck Jonathan of undermining the objective of the amnesty initiative for their selfish interests.

In a statement signed by its National President, Mr. Julius Joseph and its Secretary, Mr. Tam Odogwu and issued to our correspondent in Yenagoa regretted that many of the ex-militants who surrendered their arms and ammunitions during the demobilization phase of the programme had not been recognize and given equal treatments like others ex-militants.

The group noted that repeated failures of the amnesty officials to address the issues of neglect compelled the group to write the letter, appealing to Jonathan not to mistake the patience of "abandoned ex-militants" as a weakness.

He noted that President Jonathan was committed to the success of the post-amnesty programme, Julius Joseph expressed disappointment at the conducts of those in charge of the initiative.

The Ex-warlords asked Jonathan to direct the Special Adviser on Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Kingsley Kuku, to immediately include abandoned ex-militants into the scheme.

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