By Simon EBEGBULEM
BENIN CITY-THE 450 repentant militants in Edo state were yesterday ejected from the Federal Government Girls College camp in Benin City by the Federal Government.
The seven militant leaders in the seven camps in Edo state who spoke to Saturday Vanguard warned that the amnesty programme of the Federal Government would be jeopardized in the state if the boys are allowed to go back to the creeks.
However, the state Coordinator of the amnesty programme in the state, Mr Odia Ehimigbai, explained that they were asked to go back to their communities because the students of the Federal Government College where the camp is located, would be resuming school on Monday.
He added that â€œ because the rehabilitation centre in Warri is not yet ready, the Federal Government decided that all their entitlements would be paid to them but they should go back to their communities and from there,Â they will be taken to Warri when the centre is ready since the students would be resuming on Monday and there is no other place to camp them.â€
But one of the leaders, Roberts Okobu, also the leader of the Niger Delta Freedom Fighters, said though they appreciated the effort of the Federal Government so far, it would be dangerous for the ex-militants to be allowed to go back to the creeks due to accommodation problem.
His words: â€œ We have been managing here since we came. No light some times but we decided to take all that because we want peace. This place is not even a conducive place for us as human beings but we are managing.
But the problem now is that they said we should go back to the creeks until the rehabilitation center in Warri is ready. But we decided to keep quiet because of peace.
But it is dangerous. We have told them to take us to another place even if it is a hotel because I know the money is there to take care of that.â€