ByÂ Kingsley Omonobi
ABUJA â€” The Federal Government declared yesterday that contrary to insinuations in some quarters that the amnesty agreement between government and the ex-militants in the Niger Delta, has gone sour because of the continued absence of President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua and the slow pace of reintegrating and rehabilitation of the militants, the problems of the Niger Delta and militants are under control.
Minister of Defence and Chairman of the Federal Government Amnesty Committee, Major General Godwin Abbe (rtd), who made the disclosure at the 2009 ministerial press briefing of his ministry, said the clarification became necessary in view of insinuations that militants were protesting delays in the payment of their allowances, their improper living conditions which was believed to be responsible for the attack of a group of militants on the University of Port Harcourt last week.
Warning those who take laws into their hands that they should be ready to face the consequencies of their actions, the minister condemned in strong terms, the attack on the University of Port Harcourt and alleged rape of women and students.
His words: â€œThose who took laws into their hands and decided to attack and abuse the children on the University of Port Harcourt should know that the act is a condemnable one that is detested by all. That is not an act of militancy but criminality.”