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Militants to reconcile Gov Amaechi, Ateke Tom

The venue of the meeting was packed full on that day with ex-militants and you could see them in various shapes and sizes and character. Saturday Vanguard overheard a policeman telling his colleague, “So, it’s this small boys that are causing fear for everybody in this country, look at that small one there, you won’t even know that he can carry gun, see how innocent he looks like, but, when you see him in the creek, he is a war lord as you are seeing him”.

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Amnesty is not a farewell to arms, says Afejuku

Former Head of Department at the University of Benin (UNIBEN) and Professor of English and Literature, Professor Tony Afejuku is a household name in the Niger Delta struggle. In this interview, the blunt defender of the rights of his Itsekiri people, critic of the President Umaru Yar’Adua policies in the Niger Delta and controversial commentator on contemporary issues, says the amnesty programme of the Federal Government will fail.

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LOCAL GOVERNMENT/COMMUNITIES   SHOULD: I. Discourage further establishment of new militant camps by organising enlightenment campaigns to sensitise community people about   DDR process ; 2. Commit to participate in the DDR process ; 3. Expose criminal elements and their sponsors within communities. MILITANTS  SHOULD: 1.Support the DDR process by committing to enter and respect agreements reached.
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