From Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha
Former Niger Delta Militants in Imo State have threatened to return to the creeks to continue with the bombardment of oil company facilities, if federal and the state governments refuse to honour the amnesty agreement reached in 2011.
The third batch of the ex-militants in Imo State accused the Federal Government and the Okorocha-led administration of their refusal to document and train them on the amnesty programme as they did to other former militants.
In a statement signed by the Commander-General of Niger-Delta Ex-militants, Mr. Uzoma Bobby Chukwuka urged the Joint Task Force (JTF) to return their arms, which they surrendered to them based on the amnesty agreement which the government has refused to honour.
The statement read: “We, therefore, ask the authorities responsible for the amnesty programme to document us and train and treat us as others or return all our surrendered work tools or they have asked us to go back to the creeks or our major den. We are ready to die for this shameful deceit if our demands are not met in good time.The Niger Delta Ex-militants third batch, Imo State chapter is calling for equity and fair pay. We wish to inform the general public that since 2011 till now that we accepted the amnesty, we surrendered all our arms and this is on record with JTF under the supervision of Caption T.C Okon at 34 Artillery Brigade, Obinze.
Our colleague in other part of Niger Delta Region have been enjoying the amnesty programme why we were abandoned in Imo state,” he stated. ENDS