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Ex-Edo militants unhappy with Oshiomhole

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By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN—WITH four days left for militants in the Niger Delta to accept the Federal Government’s amnesty and surrender their weapons, ex- militants in Edo State are not happy that the state governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, was yet to visit them in camp.

Over 150 former militants that have embraced the amnesty and surrendered their arms are currently being rehabilitated at Federal Government Girls’ College Camp; Ugbowo , Benin City.

Speaking to newsmen in Benin yesterday, one of the reformed militants, Emma Akorhe, who claimed to be a former intelligence officer under the Egbema 1-led Niger- Delta Freedom Fighters (NDFF), said it was worrisome that Governor Adams Oshiomhole, who has shown much concern to the welfare and pains of the Niger Delta people, especially the Freedom Fighters, has failed to sustain the well-intended concerns for the people.

He explained that they were not militants, but freedom fighters who believed in the human and capital development of the Niger- Delta.

He, however, commended Governor Oshiomhole for being the first governor in the region to go into the heart of the creeks to visit the militants.

He told journalists that they had written a proposal to the state signifying their intention to participate in the forth-coming Edo festival slated for November this year, saying  that there were good craftsmen among the ex-militants who have excellent works.

He disclosed that the federal government paid them N1,500 daily, adding they were expecting their monthly stipend of N20, 000, effective from yesterday.

On the solution to the Niger- Delta problems, the ex- militant simply identified human and capital development, adding that they have fulfilled their part of the amnesty and it was now left for the federal government to fulfill its part by implementing the Ledum Mitee Technical Committee Report.

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