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Ex-militants task Buhari, protest in Imo

By Hendrix Oliomogbe (Asaba) and Charles Ogugbuaja (Owerri)
28 May 2015   |   6:11 am
EX-NIGER Delta militants have appealled to President elect Muhammadu Buhari not to scrap the amnesty programme, pipeline surveillance contract and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), which they said were the only tangible benefits being enjoyed by the people of the oil-rich but impoverished region. The militants under the aegis of Phase Amnesty Leaders through…

EX-NIGER Delta militants have appealled to President elect Muhammadu Buhari not to scrap the amnesty programme, pipeline surveillance contract and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), which they said were the only tangible benefits being enjoyed by the people of the oil-rich but impoverished region.

The militants under the aegis of Phase Amnesty Leaders through its National Secretary, ‘Gen’ Tam Odogwu, while pledging unalloyed support for the incoming administration, frowned at the empowerment package approved by the National Assembly through the efforts of Kingsley Kuku because it is grossly insufficient, considering the large number of ex-militant leaders in the third phase. We therefore call on the incoming administration to review it.”

In Imo State, scores of Imo ex- militants, under the aegis of Niger Delta Volunteer Youth Congress (NDVYC), yesterday staged a peaceful protest in Owerri, capital city of Imo State over alleged neglect.

Led by their leader, Mr. Bobby Uzoma, chanting war songs, they carried placards, which read, “We want to be compensated as agreed upon by the FG. Since 2011, we are yet to hear from the FG. It is either they give us our right or they give us our guns and we go back to the Creeks.”

Uzoma regretted that the out-going administration of President Goodluck Jonathan was yet to settle some in the South South, demanding quick action lest they return to the Creeks.