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Ex-militant leader tasks FG on post-amnesty deal

By Festus Ahon
UGHELLI — THE Commander of United Niger Delta Freedom Fighters, General Miebi Perede, has charged the Federal Government to keep faith with the post-amnesty programme and give attention to the welfare of repentant militants in the Niger-Delta.

Perede, in a statement made available to Vanguard, yesterday, stressed the need for the repentant militants to be rehabilitated so that the peace in the region could be sustained.

He said:   “I want to urge the Acting President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, to come to the aid of those militants who came out from their various camps in the creeks to drop their arms by including their names in the post-amnesty programme.”

Urging all militant leaders to work together for development, he enjoined Jonathan to meet with all the ex-militant leaders, adding that those militants who just surrendered their arms in Delta and Bayelsa states should be included in the post-amnesty programme.

According to him, one of the ways to sustain peace in the region was to incorporate all the militants in the post amnesty programme, adding that “failure to include the new militant leaders in the programme could steer up another round of militancy in the region.

Perede held that the boys could go back to the creeks if urgent step was not taken to accommodate the boys in the post amnesty programme, saying that “we dropped our arms about two months to the Military Jiont Task Force, JTF at Bomadi and since then we have not heard anything from the government.


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