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Ex-Militants Issues 14-Day Ultimatum To FG

Listen to article / investigations have revealed that aggrieved ex-militants under the aegis of 'Third Phase Federal Amnesty' in Bayelsa State have issued a 14 ultimatum to the federal government to fully integrate them into the amnesty programme or be

 prepared for fresh hostilities in the state and parts of the oil rich Niger Delta region.

The ex-militants, who expressed worries over the refusal of the amnesty committee to recognize them after arms surrender have therefore threatened that the Amnesty Committee led by Kingsley Kuku, a Presidential aide, should be ready for more hostilities in the region.

According to source in Bayelsa state, the Co-ordinator of the 'Third Phase Amnesty' in the state and Commander, Iduwini Volunteer Force, Gen. Gift Tare, has issued a statement, as a result of the amnesty committee's claims that there may be no third phase amnesty, the ex-militants have resolved that the federal government should urgently probe the Presidential Amnesty Committee over alleged complicity in the programme.

The statement reads: 'The over six  hours meeting in one of our creek locations, critically reviewed the  amnesty programme, the nonchalant attitude of the implementers, the double standard applied to various ex-militants from various ethnic nationalities and  preference to fighters of some selected 'Generals'.'

   The ex-militants further called on the federal government to prevail on the Presidential Amnesty Committee to convene a stake-holder meeting to make the programme effective and to ensure the sustenance of intended peace in the erstwhile volatile region.

  'We have no other choice, but to continue with these protests and targeted attacks that are going to be more deadly in the days ahead. That we request that all ex-militants who have patriotically accepted the amnesty programme by submitting their arms to the Joint Military Taskforce (JTF) MUST be recognised, trained while those who have already attended the training, but are not being paid should urgently be pacified through their regular monthly allowances,' the statement said.