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Group asks Yar’Adua to use people of integrity for amnesty scheme

By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN—THE Warri Ijaw Peace Monitoring Group (WIPMG) has admonished President Umaru Yar’Adua to ensure that people with integrity were recruited as contact persons to the militants in the Niger Delta, particularly those that would be sent to meet with Chief Government Ekpemupolo (allias Tompolo) in order not to destroy the amnesty programme.

They urged the president to properly liaise with the Niger Delta governors while choosing contact persons in order not to bring people with questionable characters which would further offend the militants.

In a statement issued by the group’s Chairman, Chief Patrick Bigha, and made available to Vanguard in Benin City yesterday, the group stated that the real freedom fighters, such as Tompolo, would only listen to people who have genuine interest for the Niger Delta and not those who would want to take up the responsibility in order to make money from the Federal Government.

The group recalled in the past how people had exploited the federal government in the name of negotiating with the militants, warning that appointing the wrong contact persons would jeopardize the amnesty programme, which would be devastating for the government and Nigerians as a whole.


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