Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Niger Delta: UK Group Warns Against Fresh Militancy

15 September 2011

... A United Kingdom-based civil advocacy group, Stakeholders Democracy Network (SDN), yesterday expressed concern over the rising threats against the implementation of the amnesty policy of the Federal Government in the Niger Delta region, warning that there were clear indications that some persons were putting together new breakaway groups to reactivate militancy in the region.

The group said that though the ongoing amnesty as implemented by the Kingsley Kuku- led committee had shown endearing qualities, the amnesty programme has failed to show a clear direction with reported frustration among some small groups of youths.

The country director of the group, Mr. Inemo Samiama, in a monthly bulletin of the group which was sent to newsmen yesterday in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, said reports gathered by the group indicated that in some areas, the discipline of registered former militants seems to be holding while others were showing signs of discontent, and warned that such frustrated groups could return to militancy.

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