Yenagoa — The leadership of Ifalibabou Revolutionary Movement, IRV, has claimed responsibility for the recent attacks on military formations and rising piracy on the waterways along the creeks of Niger Delta.
The group made this known in a statement issued yesterday in Yenagoa by its leader, General Sese.
The statement said the failure of those in charge of the amnesty programme to include members of IRV in the third phase of the programme has forced them back to the creeks to take up arms against the society.
He said: “Ifalibabou Revolutionary Movement wishes to express the fact that the bane of the current attacks on military formations, sea piracy and general unrest across the creeks of Niger Delta, is as a result of the failure of the third phase federal amnesty and the amnesty process in general.
“The group has identified the fact that the stock of Niger Delta youths currently marauding the creeks are its former members. They are everywhere in the Niger Delta, from the part of the region bordering Cameron and Nigeria down to Delta and Ondo states.
“The leadership of the group forsees this circumstance and had made several protests in the past on the streets and on papers to the Federal Government, but the system had been unable to check the excesses of those leaders in the Niger Delta who are bent on fighting against the inclusion of this group in the federal amnesty process.
“As expected, the end will be the killing of our armed personnel and the untimely death of some of our youths.”
It noted that of about 3,000 of its followers, only 26 persons were absorbed in the amnesty programme.
The group added that when the JTF came to Foropa Town in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area for a disarmament programme on December 30, 2010, over 100 members of Ifalibabou group relinquished their arms, lamenting, however, that only one was absorbed from the community.
The group noted: “What does the federal authority expect of the remaining population of the youths from this community?
“We urge President Goodluck Jonathan to, as a matter of urgency, personally initiate a process that will lead to the integration of all former members of this group to avoid their being manipulated by opposition politicians to wreak havoc in our society. A stitch in time saves nine.”