By Jimitota Onoyume
COMMANDER, Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta JTF, Major General Charles Omorogie, has said his Command was taking over camps of former militant leaders to stop them from being used for criminal acts in the future.
General Omorogie said the action was also to discourage politicians from raising thugs in any of the camps.
According to him, some of the camps received by the JTF were either destroyed or converted to operational base for the JTF.
He listed a former camp operated by former leader of Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta, MEND, Boyloaf, in Bayelsa State as one of the camps that was converted to a forward operation base for the JTF.
Omoregie said contrary to allegations in some quarters that a former militant leader in Rivers State, Ateke Tom, had not handed over all his camps, the JTF had received all of them, including the one Ateke code-named camp 8.
He said the JTF would not discourage fishermen from operating from the camp so long as the place was not used for any criminal activites.
The Commander further appealed to youths in the region to embrace the amnesty programme, describing it as the greatest thing to happen to the region.
“This is the best programme that has happened to us in this region. We advise all groups to key into it, they should all embrace it, “ he said.
He also appealed to leaders of various communities in the region to talk to their youths to follow the path of peace.
“I plead with leaders of various communities to talk to their subjects to embrace peace,” General Omoregie said.