20 February 2011
On September 6, 2011, fear mixed with panic enveloped Mbiama and its environs as ex-militants under the aegis of Niger Delta Development ex-militants phase two extension, barricaded the East- West road halting human and vehicular movement for eight hours.
The brain behind the plot, Julius Joseph in an interview disclosed that the action to barricade the East- West road was taken to get the attention of President Jonathan so that he can listen to their pleas for inclusion into the amnesty programme.
I am General Julius Joseph, national chairman, Amnesty Phase Two extension for repentant ex-militants. In line with the Federal Government amnesty programme, which was advertised in the media, we decided to drop our guns. We have dropped our guns for the past nine months with no sign that we would be enlisted in the amnesty programme. We dropped our arms to ensure that peace reign in the Niger Delta because without peace, there will be no meaningful development in the country.
We came out of the creeks because we saw the genuine aim and objective of the Yar’ Adua/Jonathan-led government to meaningfully develop and reduce crime in the region and bring about positive political and economic change.