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IYC urges FG to collect outstanding arms from militants

BENIN—EDO, Delta and Ondo Vice-chairman of the Ijaw Youth Congress, IYC, Mr. Andrew Igiri, has advised the Federal Government against the refusal of the Committee on its amnesty programme to stop the collection of arms from militants who could not meet the deadline for the submission of arms, saying that it would be too dangerous to do so.

Also, the group called on the Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, to unfold the blue print for the development of the Ijaw speaking areas of the state.

Speaking in an interview with Vanguard in Benin yesterday, Igiri said that the documentation of this set of militants and their engagement would go a long way in ensuring the successful implementation of the amnesty programme.

He contended that it would be too dangerous to the society to leave them with arms and ammunition.

Mr. Igiri also called on Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to release his development programme for the Ijaw speaking area of the state, saying that,” the governor as one who comes from an area abandoned by previous administration in the state, he is well abreast with the problems of the Ijaws of Edo state.”

“We want the governor to spell out his development programme for the Ijaw people of the state. He should let us know so that we can follow it and make our contributions where necessary. But today, we are in the dark and we don’t know what is going on”

“As I speak to you now, the governor has spent over one year in office and as our governor, we want him to understand our problems and partner with him in the development of the Ijaw speaking area of the state”.

Commending the governor for the political appointments given to ex_ militants Robert Okubo and Henry Bindadogha aka Egbema 1, he however appealed to the governor to define their positions as both men were holding one portfolio.


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