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Militant leaders’ rift deepens, as rival group invades Boyloaf’s camp

By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—The crisis of confidence rocking the ongoing disarmament of former war lords in the troubled Niger Delta Wednesday took a new twist, as the camp of Victor Ben Ebikabowei (Boyloaf), MEND’s field commander in Bayelsa State, was reportedly invaded by John Togo and his boys who carted away cache of arms and ammunition.

Though it could not be confirmed where the arms allegedly looted from the camp of the former militant leader were taken, a source said they were conveyed to Warri.

The development is now fuelling speculation in town that the militant leaders may not have turned in all the arms in their possession during the August 22 disarmament exercise held in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.

Togo and Boyloaf, it was further learnt, have been locked in running battle over alleged diversion of N10million stipend given to South wing of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) by government.

This claim was, however, dismissed by one of the loyalists of the embattled former militant leader, saying the alleged diversion of funds by his boss was part of the grand plot to dent Boyloaf image.

Data made available at the collection centre during August 22 arms surrendering exercise in Yenagoa, it would be recalled, showed that the summary of high calibre of guns and arms and ammunition returned by Boyloaf, regarded as MEND leader in Bayelsa, alone include 6 Brandy rifles, 21 GPMG, 30MG, 130 AK47 and other rifles.

Others include 76 hand grenades, 3 mortar bomb (81mm), 22 mortar bomb (60mm), 34 dynamites (136KG), 7 rocket launchers, 49 cartridges, 4 gunboats,  80,836 rounds of different types of ammunition and 31 military grenades. Also returned were armed forces uniforms, including about 25 bullet proof vest.


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