Strong warning has been issued to the Federal Government by over 3,000 Niger Delta militants who have threatened a showdown with the FG if their requests are not acceded to.
They have also issued an ultimatum to the Federal Government. Niger Delta militants numbering about 3,000 have threatened to embark on a protest that will grind the Federal Capital Territory to a halt if they are not included in the Presidential Amnesty Programme.
The militant agitators are demanding their inclusion into the Amnesty Programme even as they claim that they have been sidelined for so long.
The group who described themselves as members of the Justice Group have issued a one-week ultimatum to the Amnesty Office to begin their documentation into the programme.
Addressing reporters in Abuja on Wednesday, the president of the group, ‘Gen.’ David Owhegbe, demanded the sacking of the Amnesty Programme Coordinator, Prof Charles Dokubo, “for poor leadership”.
He called on President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint a Niger Deltan as his aide on Niger Delta, insisting that the Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta should be separated from the Coordinator, Amnesty Programme, for efficiency.
Owhegbe said, “Any further delay to include the 3,000 ex-agitators in the Amnesty Programme as promised would negate the current efforts of the Federal Government to enthrone peace in Niger Delta.
“We have not benefitted from any of the amnesty programmes and we are giving the Amnesty Office one week or there will be a massive protest in the Federal Capital Territory.”
The group’s Assistant Secretary, ‘Gen.’ Gowon Iduma, who read a communiqué on behalf of the ex-militants, said they surrendered their weapons to the government following pledges that they would be integrated into the programme.
He added that failure to involve them in the rehabilitation programme might threaten the peace being enjoyed in the Niger Delta region.
Spokesman for Amnesty Office, Murphy Ganagana, could not be reached for comment as he did not respond to calls to his phone. He had yet to reply an SMS sent to him as of the time of filing this report.
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