Blast:Ex-militant leaders converge on Abuja

2010-10-04
THISDAY Newspaper- Ernest Chinwo


Calabar — As the nation rues the bomb blasts that dampened the celebration of the Golden Jubilee of Nigeria's independence, former leaders of militia groups in the Niger Delta are to converge on Abuja today to publicly denounce the incident.

They will also visit the wounded victims of the blasts who are currently recuperating in different hospitals in Abuja. The occasion will also be used by the ex-militants to underscore the end of militancy in the Niger Delta and commemorate one year of the Proclamation of Amnesty by the Federal Government.

Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Chief Executive Officer of the Amnesty Programme, Mr. Timi Alaibe, in a statement reaffirmed the resounding success of the amnesty offer given the return of peace and security in the once volatile region despite the Friday incident.


Abayomi Adeshida/Vanguard

The scene of a bomb blast during the 50th Independence Anniversary around the Millenium Park, Abuja.
The statement issued by the spokesman to the Special Adviser, Mr. Henry Ugbolue, said: "As the nation marks one year of the proclamation of Amnesty for Niger Delta militants by the Federal Government, the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Chief Executive Officer of the Amnesty Programme, Mr. Timi Alaibe wishes to reaffirm the resounding success of the amnesty offer given the return of peace and security in the once volatile Niger Delta.

"To underscore the end of militancy in the Niger Delta and to commemorate one year of Amnesty Proclamation, all the leaders of former militia groups will tomorrow, Monday 4th of October converge in Abuja to among other things publicly denounce the recent bombings in the nation's capital and visit the wounded victims of the bomb blasts who are currently recuperating in different hospitals in Abuja. The former militia leaders will also visit the site of the dastardly bombings where they will repudiate the action.

"Having disarmed and embraced the offer of amnesty from the federal government a year ago, the leaders of the former militant groups in the Niger Delta have since registered their disgust at the Abuja bombings and are poised to use the opportunity of the commemoration of one year of amnesty proclamation to debunk the insinuation that agitators in the Niger Delta were involved."

He said the former militia leaders expected at the event included: Chief Government Ekpemupolo (Tompolo), Mr. Victor Ben (Boyloaf), Chief Ateke Tom, Fara Dagogo, John Togo, Gen. Shoot Asight, Pastor Reuben, Gen Eziekel, Gen. Joshua Miccaival, Bonney Gawei, Gen. Aboy, Gen. Ogunbos and Gen. Africa.

Relevant Links
West Africa
Nigeria
Conflict
According to Ugbolue, "Mr. Alaibe affirms that it is indeed a new dawn in the Niger Delta. Following the resounding success of the presidential amnesty programme, Nigeria's crude oil production has risen from an all time low of 700,000 barrels per day to 2.3 million barrels per day; incidences of kidnapping in the core Niger Delta States have stopped; illegal oil bunkering drastically reduced; construction work on critical infrastructure like the east-west road resumed and now being fast-tracked.

"Even more important, 20,192 ex-militants turned in huge cache of arms and ammunitions and are now being rehabilitated and reintegrated into the society. As at today, 5,533 ex-militants have received non-violence transformational training and are now being posted to skill acquisition centres and institutions across the country and abroad. The process of rehabilitation and reintegration is continuing."



 

Your comment

 

(E-mail)

 

 

 

News Archive