By EMMA AMAIZE
ABOUT two months after Vanguard exclusively reported the death of militant leader, “General” John Togo, in a crossfire with the Joint Task Force, JTF, spokesman of his group, Niger-Delta Liberation Force, NDLF, “Captain” Mark Anthony, at last, confirmed his demise, weekend.
When Vanguard broke the news of Togo’s death, the JTF debunked the story, but the task force exhumed the remains from where they were buried, few days after, at his abandoned militant camp and took them to the Central Hospital, Warri, in Delta State, probably for a DNA test. The militant group also denied the death of its leader.
But in a press statement, the group’s spokesman said, ”The leadership of Niger Delta Liberation Force (NDLF) hereby , with pains and tears, confirms the death of the Niger Delta hero and revolutionary soldier, General John Togo, the leader and general commander of NDLF.
“ General” John Togo died during a shoot-out with JTF soldiers and buried on the 12th of May, 2011 in Israel Barrack’s cemetery”.
According to him, “General John Togo declared fresh oil war on the Federal Government after one year of presidential amnesty on November 16, 2010 when the government of Nigeria betrayed the Niger Delta ex-militants on the promises of late President, Umaru Yar’Adua on developmental issues in Niger Delta. After one year, the entire amnesty programme is obviously narrowed down to only youths training and monthly payment of ex-militants without clear blueprint on development”.
He said NDLF demands were and remain creation of two or more additional states in Niger Delta; abolishing of military land use decree; equal sharing formula of oil and gas wealth; and massive infrastructural development in Niger Delta”.