Nigeria: Ex-militants Issue Fed Govt Ultimatum To Return Arms

Hundreds of Niger Delta ex-militants in Bomadi, Delta State on Thursday gave the Federal Government a 10-day ultimatum to return the arms taken from them.

Th ex-militants stated that after several peaceful efforts to make the government see reasons why they should be included its the amnesty programme had failed, they were left with no option but to return to the creeks.

They accused the government through the Joint Military Task Force of deceiving them into submitting their arms, adding that several efforts to ”negotiate” with the Niger Delta Ministry had been fruitless.

While addressing the media, the ex-militants led by ‘General’ Para Ekiyes, Chairman of the state branch of the amnesty phase three displayed various certificates issued them by the army during their disarmament.

They had at different times barricaded the busy East-West road linking the South-West with Bayelsa, Rivers, Cross River and Imo states to draw government’s attention to their plight.

But the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Mr. Kingsley Kuku, had at various times said their protests were illegitimate, adding that they embraced the amnesty programme after the window had closed.

The ex-militants, who observed a one-minute silence in honour of the Late President Musa Yar’Adua, also demanded the immediate exit of all oil companies operating in the Niger Delta within 10 days or face the “consequences.”

They said, “President Goodluck Jonathan and Kinsley Kuku know what we can do because they are from here. We were with Kuku in the creeks during the heady days of militancy. He knows what we can do.”

  1. makaz Reply

    PLEASE MY BROTHERS IN THE STRUGGLE, I BEG OF YOU, LET US NOT COMPLICATE THINGS FOR THE PRESIDENT WHO ALREADY HAD MORE THAN ENOUGH IN HIS HANDS. I TOO AM A VICTIM OF NEGLECT, BUT LETS LOOK FOR A WAY TO DRAW HIS ATTENTION INSTEAD MAKING THINGS WORST. LONG LIVE NIGER-DELTA, LONG LIVE THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA.

  2. xbit Reply

    my brothers from the niger delta…plss let be a little bit patient..remember say presido na ur brother oh..but people like kuku does not worth being alive..cos he knows nd understand wht u guyz are passing thru..the thruth of the matter is dat..IJAW MAN is always a BAD nd BLOODY betrayer..any i jaw man wey don taste better money from fedral gov..dey always forget their brothers..kill those ijaw men first then progress nd success will come ur way in the niger delta region.

  3. richard omodunefe Reply

    The problem we deltans are having over is a very deadly preasure, the only way we believe. That things can go well in the society is jobs opportuinity, because. Let me say you can’t expect a man working in NNPC COMPANY and they same time he he an armed rubber no never will that happened pls I personally I am beging the govt to do something about it. I which I have the link to speak to the president and seek advice to him. Pls his excellency do something about it…even the youth are tired of stealing, we need renewvation, job opportuinity and human right……thanks for yours anticipate corporation

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