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Group urges MEND not to resume fresh hostility

By Emma Amaize
WARRI—CHAIRMAN of the Warri-Ijaw Peace Monitoring Group (WIPMG) in Delta State, Chief Patrick Bigha, yesterday called on the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger-Delta (MEND) not to resume any fresh hostility in the Niger-Delta following the expiration of its ceasefire deadline on Tuesday.

Chief Bigha in a statement in Warri, said “we want to appeal to MEND not to start any fresh war in the region, it should allow the freedom fighters and their leaders time to discuss with the Federal Government on an acceptable amnesty programme.

“It will not do anybody any good if MEND commences bombing of oil installations afresh, as the issues are still being discussed and the government, even though it has faltered in some areas, is trying to correct its mistakes by sending delegations to appeal to some militant leaders to accept amnesty and surrender arms.”

The group, however, commended Henry Okah for recently stepping in and calling on MEND to extend the ceasefire, saying “everybody should work to see that the amnesty succeeds, but if the Federal Government fails to make it work, then the blame should not be on the freedom fighters”.


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