By Dayo Johnson
Akure—NO fewer than 100 former militants from Ese-Odo area of Ondo State, yesterday, held officers at the Governor’s Office hostage over none payment of their amnesty allowances.
During the protest, some government officials escaped by scaling the fence and for hours, other top officials in the governors office, Alagbaka were held hostage by the ex-militants.
The angry protesters literally shut down the Governor’s office, singing solidarity songs and accusing the state government of collecting their guns and refusing to give them amnesty.
Eyewitness account had it that security operatives at the gate were helpless as the protesters drove into the premises and blocked the entrance. Security operatives who put up resistance were threatened to be shot.
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu was however not in the state as he had accompanied President Muhammadu Buhari to The Netherlands to attend the 29th anniversary of Rome Statute of International Criminal Court, ICC.
The protesters who prevented both human and vehicular movement in and outside the governor’s office alleged that the Akeredolu government deceived them into surrendering their weapons.
Led by General Ossy, under the aegis of Forest Boys, they alleged that the state government, since last year, deceived them by assuring them that their names would be captured in the amnesty programme.
Ossy lamented that the state government had reneged on its promise hence the protest by the ex-warlords.
The state government reacting through Governor Akeredolu’s Chief Press Secretary, Segun Ajiboye said that funds have not been released by the Federal government.