Ex-militants not behind attack on Agip facility- Alaibe

THE PUNCH Newspaper

Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Nigeria Delta, Chief Timi Alaibe, on Sunday said that the recent bomb explosion on oil pipelines belonging Agip Oil Nigeria Limited was not carried out by the ex-militants who embraced the presidential amnesty programme.

Alaibe, whose office supervises the implementation of the amnesty programme, initiated by the late President Umaru Yar’adua, debunked insinuations in some quarters that the explosion was carried out by militants who disagreed with the implementation of the programme.

He said the tendency to link the attacks to the ex-militants was misplaced.

Alaibe, whose statement was contained in an electronics mail on Sunday, entitled ‘Leave the ex-militants alone’ described the attack on the Agip facility as criminal, regrettable and a sad reminder of the “ugly past.”

Alaibe called on the Joint Task Force and other security agencies to investigate the incident and arrest perpetrators of the attack which he also described as an isolated act of economic sabotage.

He insisted that current explosions had nothing to do with the implementation of the amnesty programme.

He said that the ex-militants had displayed deep commitments to the three phases of the amnesty programme such as demobilisation, rehabilitation and re-integration, “which they see as a unique opportunity of transformation.”

He said, “The reported pipeline blast in Bayelsa State is an isolated delinquent case and has nothing whatsoever to do with the implementation of the Amnesty Programme of the Federal Government. It is a nefarious act perpetrated by criminal elements whose intents and sponsors must be thoroughly investigated and exposed.

“Attributing such wicked act of economic sabotage to ex-militants in an attempt to gain relevance is totally unacceptable.


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