13 September 2011
By Segun James
The Joint (Military) Task Force (JTF) code named ‘Operation Restore Hope’ has washed its hands off any deal with protesting youths from the Niger Delta region who took over the East-west road last week.
The clarification came in the wake of confusion as to the deal entered into by the federal government and the protesters who claimed they constituted the third phase of the amnesty programme.
The JTF in a statement by its Media Coordinator,
Timothy Antinga, Monday explained its role in the collection of arms and ammunition from some 3,000 aggrieved youths who now claimed to be the “Third Phase” of ex-militants.
The JTF said although it collected arms from the youths after the amnesty promised by the federal government had lapsed; it never offered the ex-militant youths any amnesty deal.