BY Emma Amaize
WARRI – MOVEMENT for the Survival of Niger-Delta Disarmed Youth, MOSONDY, weekend, gave the Federal Government a seven-day ultimatum to review its position by including the over 1,800 ex-militants, who were excluded from the post-amnesty programme or risk fresh attacks on oil facilities in the Niger Delta.
The group demanded training and payment of stipends to ex-militants in its fold, warning that oil workers might be targeted in the fresh hostilities, if government failed to listen.
Reacting, spokesman of Joint Task Force, codenamed, Operation Pulo Shield, Lt.-Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, had assured that “The mandate of JTF is clear, to curb all acts of economic sabotage bedevilling Nigeria’s oil and gas industry. This will not be compromised.”
Head of Media, Presidential, Amnesty Office, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, who spoke on the ultimatum by the ex-militants, said: “The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Chairman of the Post Amnesty Programme, Mr Kingsley Kuku, had made it clear before now that it was only President Goodluck Jonathan that can make pronouncement on the matter.
“Once the President gives directives, most of the people will be absorbed, but for now, demobilisation had ended, we are in reintegration phase for the 26, 358 ex-agitators, who were registered.”
Alabrah debunked claims that the Amnesty Office does not want to accommodate more persons in the programme, but it was working under a budget that was designed for 26,358 ex-agitators.