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Amnesty: Ijaw group lauds Tompolo, other militant leaders

By Emma Arubi
WARRI—DELTA State Ijaw Oil and Gas Producing Communities’ Executives Forum has commended militant leader, Chief Government Ekpemupolo, a.k.a Tompolo, and other leaders in the region for keying into the amnesty agenda of President Yar Adua, saying their struggle was for the equitable distribution of the national cake.

They also commended Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan for his tireless effort in bringing peace and succour to the devastated Ijaw of Gbaramatu kingdom in the aftermath of the JTF bombardment of last May.

The Forum said the militants were God-sent and should be encouraged by all well meaning Nigerians to get re-integrated into civil society.

In a statement signed by Apostle Andy T.S. Ugbagba and four others, the Forum said since the militants have surrendered their arms and accepted amnesty, the government should reciprocate by re-building all destroyed communities in Gbaramatu kingdom.

It further advised against allowing the repentant militants to be idle for any reason, warning that an idle mind was the devil’s workshop.

“Therefore they should be quickly integrated and trained for them to have a sustainable means of livelihood,” said the Forum.

According to the Forum, for there to be peace in the area, the JTF should be withdrawn from the region, while rapid infrastructural development be embarked upon to ease their pains and give them a sense of belonging.

The Ijaw oil and gas group also called for adequate funding of the NDDC and Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, adding that was the only way to make them relevant to the needs of the people.

The Forum equally just maintained that they it was prepared to join hands with all tiers of government towards achieving a peaceful working environment for the oil companies to function.


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