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Ex-militants in Bayelsa warn against move to screen camps

By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—Former militants in Bayelsa State yesterday warned against alleged plan to screen camps, saying the move could trigger fresh crisis and rubbish the post-amnesty programme of the Federal Government.

The ex-militants, led by General Monday, who called for equal treatment of the leadership of the various camps in the state, accused the state government of causing division within the ranks of the militants and called for timely intervention of the Federal Government.

Flanked by other former senior creek commanders, Monday, who held sway in the creeks of Southern Ijaw local government area of the state, noted with dismay the disposition of the state government towards some ex-militant leaders.

Speaking to newsmen in Yenagoa, the former militant leader said while the government made adequate provision for some ex-militant leaders in terms of logistic, others were abandoned to their fate.

His words:   “All the 43 camps in the state are formidable. All of us served in the creeks and accepted to embrace amnesty as put forward by the federal government in order to fast-track development in the Niger Delta as well as proffer lasting solutions to the crisis in the region.

“However, it is saddened to note that while some militant leaders are being treated as kings, others are being abandoned.”

He added that it was this same group of ex-militant leaders that were orchestrating the moves for the screening of the camps not only in the state, but the entire region as a whole, warning that if the government bought such idea, the end result might not be palatable.

Commending the federal government’s amnesty programme, Monda said President Umaru Yar’Adua would be for long be remembered for restoring peace in the troubled region.

According to him, the payment of monthly allowance as promised by Mr. President is regular, while other post amnesty programmes are on course.

For the programme not to derail in the state, he called for the timely intervention of the federal government owing to the ongoing division among militant leaders in the state.

Similarly, some of his confederates like Generals Highest, (Apoi-creek), Patrick, (Barigbein), Wisdom, (freedom fighter), Godgift, (Kurubou), Aduma, (Kirifon), Daniel, (Soku camp), Obekuma, (Juju point), Frank, (Lion) and Agadagba threatened to return to the creek if the injustice was not addressed by the government.

They  argued that while some ex-militant leaders were being lodged inside Bayelsa State Government House, others have been left unattended to.


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