Ex-Militants Rue Violent Crimes In Niger Delta
FORMER militant leaders, under the Third Phase Amnesty Programme, have expressed worries over the rampant incidents of kidnapping, sea piracy and other violent crimes in Bayelsa State saying there is need for aggrieved agitators to eschew further criminal activities in the interest of peace and development in the state.
The former warlords also urged those behind the heinous crimes in the state and the entire Niger Delta region, particularly former militants to support President Muhammadu Buhari’s initiatives for the region.
The views were contained in a communiqué issued after an emergency meeting of the former warlords in Yenagoa, the State capital, over the weekend.
While expressing confidence in the Buhari administration’s efforts to resolve some grey areas militating against the implementation of the amnesty programme, the former militants accused the former Coordinator of the programme of causing the rot in the system.
In the communiqué was signed by the National Chairman, Third Phase, Ebi John; Vice-Chairman, Ogundere Olarotimi; Secretary,
Gomeromo Henry, the former militants commended the Coordinator, Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig.-Gen Paul Boro (retd.), for cleaning the rot left behind by the former Co-coordinator of the programme under Goodluck Jonathan administration.