By Emma Amaize
WARRI- THE Joint Task Force, JTF, on the Niger-Delta has formally pasted handbills containing photograph of hunted ex-militant leader, John Togo on the strategic locations in Warri and other parts of the Delta State, announcing that he had been declared wanted, and seeking useful information and assistance from the public for his arrest.
Some of the handbills were sighted by Vanguard near a military checkpoint at Osubi Airport area, Osubi, near Warri, yesterday.
A source said negotiations between the task force and John Togo had completely broken down with the present posture of the JTF, which was accentuated by the Chief of Army Staff, Major-General Ihejirika when he visited the state recently.
It was gathered, however, that moves were being made by some Ijaw leaders to make a direct contact with President Goodluck Jonathan on the matter since John Togo had personally made his intention to surrender known to the task force before he was declared wanted.
Meantime, the Niger-Delta Liberation Force, NDLF, led by Togo, yesterday, suggested likely replacement to President Goodluck Jonathan for the position of the special adviser to the president on amnesty, as in its words, “It is obvious that the present special adviser, Mr. Timi Alaibe may resign his position for politics soon”.
“We suggest and nominate the following two persons, Ms Ankio Briggs and Mrs Agary Koripamor for replacement of Mr. Timi Alaibe. The choice of the duo to the federal government is based on their transparent and sterling track records in their dogged and selfless fight towards the development of Niger Delta region over the years”, spokesman of the NDLF, “Captain” Mark Anthony said in a press statement.
“We appeal and believed that the choice of any of the above hard working and transparent females may help to deal with the Niger Delta issues and ex-militants better than anybody with their wealth of experience and knowledge on individual ex-militant leaders and youths as well as the problem of the region perfectly.
“This appointment will give NDLF faith and enabling ground to work with the amnesty and support the President Goodluck Jonathan in his bid to win the 2011 presidential election”, the group added.