By Emmanuel Elebeke
A group of ex-militant leaders led by “General” Akpos Gala has condemned the alleged vandalism and looting of the multi-billion naira Vocational Training Centre by hoodlums in YenAgoa, Bayelsa state.
The condemnation followed the call by a group of protesters for sack and prosecution of the Special Assistant to the President and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo by a group over the alleged vandalism and looting of training facilities.
The group described the allegation as false and accused the protesters of misleading the general public on the true fact about the incident
In a statement made available to Vanguard, the ex-militant leaders said that the allegation was targeted to undermine the credibility of the Amnesty boss and his impeccable character.
The ex-militant leaders posited that the protest was orchestrated by the political detractors of Dokubo who are taking undue advantage of the theft at the centre to smear the good work Dokubo is using the Amnesty office to do in the Niger Delta, adding that the protesters were hired and does not represent the interest of the people of the region.
According to the statement, the same masterminds of the Yenagoa protest are planning to carry out a similar protest in Abuja, just as he used the medium to alert security agencies to forestall unnecessary public disturbances.
While stating that the theft of the items worth N60 billion naira at Boro Town Training Complex was condemnable, it called on the people of the Niger Delta to desist from the pull-him-down syndrome and enjoined the people to join hands together to build the Niger Delta region of our dream.
The group maintained that Prof. Dokubo’s leadership has brought the Amnesty programme to its height, stressing that the region has witnessed significant improvement in touching the lives and wellbeing of the people.
“we have unwavering confidence in Dokubo to lead the Amnesty Programme.
The second phase ex-militant leaders also maintained that the protesting group were acting on the figment of their own imagination, adding that the Bayelsa state Police command is on top of the situation and call for calm in the region pending the outcome of the Police investigation.