Niger Delta youth volunteer group in Imo State, under the aegis of Imo Youth Congress, IYC, has expressed grievances over their non-inclusion in the Federal Government amnesty programme.
The youths who yesterday besieged Imo State Government House, Owerri, with placards bearing inscriptions, “No Documentation No Peace” “Our Name is our Demand”, “IYC say Document us,” threatened to breach the existing peace in the area, if government failed to include them in the amnesty programme.
Leader of the group, Mr. Bobby Uzoma, said they were at Government House to press home their demand, regretting that since they handed over their arms to government in 2011, they had not benefitted from the amnesty programme like their counterparts in other Niger Delta states.
Mr. Uzoma appealed to the state government to consider their demands, with a view to finding a lasting solution to the problems of violence in the oil producing areas of the state.
Responding on behalf of the state governor, the Chief of Staff, Government House, Sir Jude Ejiogu, commended the group for its peaceful disposition and assured them that government would liaise with the necessary authorities for prompt, positive action.
He further assured that the government of Governor Rochas Okorocha was poised to promote the welfare of Imo youths.
He urged the youths to continue to uphold peace, even while making their demands.