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Amnesty: IYC faults taking of militants’ fingerprints

WARRI—The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has asked President Umaru Yar’Adua to discontinue the taking of fingerprints of freedom fighters, saying it  was never part of any amnesty acceptance deal with the Federal Government.

Rising from joint parliamentary session at Odimodi, Delta State, with clan chairmen of the Western Zone and Deputy Speaker (National), Comrade Diranyei Deseotukpoemi, the IYC echoed foremost Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark’s prior stand against taking of fingerprints.

The Front for Ijaw Survival and Hope (FISH) had earlier tasked Ijaw leaders to ask President Yar’Adua to shelve oath-taking in the amnesty exercise.

Alleging indiscriminate arrests of innocent citizens by the Joint Task Force, which it said was at cross-purposes with its peace campaigns in the region, the IYC’s parliamentary session’s communiqué signed by Comrade Oweilayefa Ekrika, Deputy Clerk (National), frowned at the Federal Government’s haste in arms mop-up in preference for dialogue, stressing: “The real solution to the Niger Delta crisis laid in addressing the fundamental issue.”


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