Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Amnesty Exclusion: Ex-Militants take over Government house in protest.(Photos)

Ex-militant block the entrance of Govt house
Former Niger Delta militants blocked entrance to Akwa Ibom state government house for more than four hours on Tuesday, April 26. The Punch reports that over 200 militants arrived Willington Bassey Road that leads to the government house in six buses, chanting songs and carrying placards. 

Some of the placards read: “We are tired of coming to this place”, “Please pay us our salaries”, “How can we be slaves in our state” among others. 

After blocking the entrance to the government house, former militants did not allow any vehicles entry or exit from the place for many hours. Speaking with journalists, Ebong Friday, the leader of the ex-militants in Akwa Ibom, explained the state government did not include them in the federal government amnesty programme. He threatened that they would not leave the government house until Governor Udom Emmanuel talked to them and listened to their demands. 

“Let the state government capture our names and send them to the federal government’s amnesty programme. “All other states have been taken care of except Akwa Ibom militants,” he lamented. 

Friday noted that since they laid down their arms in 2012 they have been neglected by the state government. He added that although it was their fourth visit, the state government has not attended to their complaints. 

Meanwhile, Murtala Mani, the commissioner of police, called on the former militants to remain calm and be law abiding while pressing for their demands. Mani assured ex-militants that Nigerian government would not allow them to suffer after laying down their arms and promised to take their complaints to the governor for action. 

Earlier this month, former Niger Delta militants in Imo state also urged the federal and the state governments to honour the amnesty agreement reached in 2011 or face the bombardment of oil company facilities.
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