By Emma Amaize
WARRI—LEADER of the Niger Delta Liberation Force, NDLF, “General” John Togo, who indicated through his lawyer, Mr Casely Omon-Irabor, his willingness to surrender and cease further hostilities, weekend, has clarified that the release of supposed MEND leader, Henry Okah, was not part of withdrawal conditions given by his group.
Togo in a telephone interview with Vanguard, Tuesday, also said he was not against allocation of oil blocs to former militant leaders by the government, adding that there must be a mix-up somewhere. “Henry Okah’s trial in South Africa is an international matter and it has nothing to do with the NDLF,” he said.
Spokesman of NDLF, “Captain” Mark Anthony in an online statement also apologised for the mix up “in our earlier ceasefire declaration through our counsel, Mr Omon-Irabor in an interview granted to Vanguard Newspaper.
“It was said that we demanded the release of Mr. Okah. Okah’s case is an international terrorist case and it is purely a MEND affair. We are all observers awaiting the outcome of the case.
“It is not to our knowledge that the Federal Government had bribed some top former militant leaders with oil blocs. And even if it did, to NDLF, it is a plus to the Niger Delta struggle and has no moral right to withdraw such offer,” he siad.
“Our main conditions”, he said, were: “Convening of a post-amnesty conference, between Federal Government and agreed ex-militant leaders, where the following issues will be addressed; State creation; Equal oil and Gas wealth distribution; abrogation of Land Use Act; Measures for rapid development ; and Release of all detainees in the wake of the second phase of oil war declaration.”
He added, “We expect that the federal government must invite the US, UN and the international community to be part of the conference as external observers”.