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Tompolo to JTF: ‘My arrest won’t stop militancy’

SIX days after he was declared wanted by the Joint Task Force (JTF) on the Niger-Delta over the disappearance of at least 16 service personnel of the Nigeria Armed Forces amongst other offences, top militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo says that even if he is captured and made to pay the ultimate sacrifice by the security outfit, the Niger-Delta crisis will continue except the Federal Government tackles the root cause of the problem, which is underdevelopment of the region.

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12 hours after Yar’Adua’s amnesty: Militants blow up Shell facility

WARRI— BARELY 12 hours after President Umaru Yar’Adua proclaimed amnesty for militants in the Niger_Delta on Thursday, the Movement for Emancipation of the Niger_Delta (MEND) blew up a well head (jacket B) of the Shell Afremo off_shore oil field in Delta State, claiming its action was in response to the razing down of the homes of some perceived militants at Agbeti community in the state by the Joint Task Force (JTF) on the Niger_Delta, earlier that day.

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Okah freed as Yar’Adua signs amnesty deal

ABUJA — PRESIDENT Umaru Yar’Adua, yesterday, proclaimed an unconditional amnesty to all Niger Delta militants in the creeks as well as those facing prosecution in the law courts, including Henry Okah, standing a secret trial on a 62-count charge of treason, terrorism, illegal possession of firearms and arms trafficking and Government Ekpemupolo (Tompolo) and other militant leaders declared wanted by the Niger Delta security unit, Joint Task Force (JTF).

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Militant leaders opt for amnesty by proxy

Spokesman of the militants, Mr. Ikenna Enekweizu, a lawyer, who gave this indication after a meeting with the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mike Okiro, the Minister of Interior Affairs, Maj-Gen Godwin Abbe (rtd), the Commissioner of Police in Rivers state, Mr Bala Hassan and other top security officers in Port Harcourt yesterday said his clients were willing to be part of the healing process being driven by the Federal Government.

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