By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN â€” EX-militant leaders in Edo State have hailed the appointment of one of their leaders, Mr Henry Binidodogha, alias Egbema I, as the Senior Special Adviser to Governor Adams Oshiomhole on Security Matters, sayingÂ his appointment would help in checking crimes, particularly the activities of bunkerers.
Egbema I, who led other militants in the state in accepting the amnesty programme of the Federal Government, was last week appointed as Senior Special Adviser by Governor Oshiomhole.
In a statement signed by a former leader of the Igbigidi Camp I, Mr Appearance Agagha, on behalf of the militants andÂ made available to Vanguard in Benin City, the ex-militants, who commended the governor for his action, said the appointment was a challenge to ex-militants in the state to ensure that crime, particularly kidnapping, was reduced to the barest minimum.
According to them, â€œthis is the first time a government in Edo State is recognising the people from the minority areas in Edo State. And this is also a challenge to the Federal Government to take a cue from what the Comrade Governor has done because appointment of this nature would go a long way in bring lasting peace to the Niger Delta.
â€œWe use this opportunity to appeal to the Federal Government and other states in the Niger Delta to create more offices for ex-militants so that we can contribute our quota to the development of the country and the region in particular.
With the appointment of Egbema I, we are going to work hard to ensure that we assist the government and other security agencies on ground in fighting the menace of kidnapping in our state,â€ the statement said.