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Govt warns ex-militants over unruly acts

By Emma Arubi
WARRI— THE Federal Government, yesterday, warned ex-militants and relevant stakeholders against any action intended to truncate the post amnesty programme.
Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe, who spoke in an interactive session with newsmen in Warri urged well meaning persons to shun unsavoury activities and operate within the ambit of the law.

Orubebe who was reacting to last Thursday’s alleged attack on the Presidential Adviser on Niger Delta, Mr. Timi Alaibe, at the rehabilitation camp for the ex-militants at Obubra, Cross River State, charged them to effectively explore the opportunities provided by the Federal Government’s post-amnesty programmes to reshape their lives and to become re-integrated into civil society.

He said President Goodluck Jonathan had directed the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ogbonna Onovo, and the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Paul Dike, to beef up security at Obubra to guarantee the security of lives and property in the area.

Although Orubebe said the report of the incident in Obubra was blown out of proportion, he urged all stakeholders to ensure that the vision of Jonathan for the success of the post-amnesty in the region was realized.

Orubebe who said that President Jonathan was committed to the resolution of the Niger Delta crisis and transformation of the region, adding that the President could only achieve the feat if all stakeholders in the area agreed to give peace a chance.

He commended the government of Cross River State for providing facilities for the rehabilitation programme, noting that the Federal Government was not oblivious of their sacrifice.

Orubebe said: “The Federal Government has integrated a robust plan to accommodate and move our youths to greater heights. The Federal Government would not allow anybody to truncate the post-amnesty programme and I can assure you that no effort would be spared to make the programme a success and all stakeholders, particularly the ex-militants are urged to ensure that the post-amnesty programme that has been ordained by God succeeds.

“So far, I am aware that Mr. Timi Alaibe has made everything possible with the support of Mr. President that the allowances of the ex-militants are paid but things have to be done in the right way, government and administration require a lot of planning and are conducted through a process and the process has to be duly followed to get result.

That is why our youths should be patient and co-operate with the government.”


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