ByÂ EMMA AMAIZE
A FIVE-member committee, including the chairman of Warri South West Council of Delta State, George Ekpemupolo, has been constituted by Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan to meet with the Joint Task Force (JTF) on the Niger-Delta to work out the details of the return of sacked Gbaramantu people to their communities.
This is a fall-out of a tripartite peace meeting held byÂ the governor, the people ofÂ Gbaramartu and the JTF. Chief Jonathan Ari led the Gbaramantu people while Major-Gen. Sarkin Bello headed the JTF team.
The peace parley dwelt extensively on how to restore lasting peace to the waterways through ensuring the safety of lives and property especially oil installations and personnel of the oil industry.
In particular, the Gbaramantu people stressed the need for the people to return to their communities, as well as the return of their traditional ruler to his throne and kingdom.
Besides, they accepted the Federal Governmentâ€™sÂ grant of amnesty to the armed youth but noted that they have to return to their communities to effectively co-ordinate and contribute to the success of the amnesty.
â€œOur problem has to do with our displaced people especially our king who is not in control of his kingdom presentlyâ€¦ we should be allowed to go back home to be part of the amnesty, we accept the amnesty but we have to be at home to be able to co-ordinate itâ€, they stated.
They complained that since May 13, some unscrupulous persons have infiltrated their land from outside and causing havoc which the public had erroneously blamed on the Gbaramantu people.
On its part, the JTF said that it was not proper for anyone to take up arms against his or her country, adding that, apart from protecting the oil installations and the waterways, the military was concerned about the safety of its personnel.