• Wednesday, April 17, 2024
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Amnesty programme: Ex-militants, at National Assembly, protest non-inclusion

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 Hundreds of aggrieved ex-militants under the aegis of the Niger Delta Freedom Fighters (NDFF) on Thursday stormed the main gate of the National Assembly to protest their non-inclusion in the ongoing amnesty programme of the Federal Government.

The ex-militants, who were not aware that the lawmakers are currently on Easter break, were led by Para Ekiyes, as they brandished their placards, chanted war songs and threatened to return to the creeks to resume hostilities, if the Federal Government fails to accede to their demand.

Addressing newsmen, Ekiyes, also known as General Gun Boat, disclosed that the group wants government to facilitate the immediate actualisation of the third phase of the amnesty programme currently ongoing in the Niger Delta, which also accommodates them.

Ekiyes, who lamented his group’s ordeal and what he described as the cavalier attitudes of members of the task force since the commencement of the phased programme under the supervision of Kingsley Kuku, noted that the group disarmed in 2011, and had since been waiting to no avail.

 

TEDDY NWANUNOBI, Abuja