In accordance with the saying that a stitch in time saves nine, the Nigerian Army, Navy, Police and Department of State Services, DSS, have deployed personnel in strategic locations in Warri, Effurun and environs in Delta State, in a swift reaction an intelligence report that ex-militants were planning to stage a protest over the non-payment of their monthly allowances.
Speaking on the planned protest, Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig-Gen. Paul Boroh (retd), told Vanguard in a telephone conversation yesterday, August 2, that the protest was uncalled for.
“It is true that there are some debts, but the money has come. The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, will start payment from today or tomorrow. I have long passed this information to the ex-militants that payment will start soon. I do not know why some of them are still insisting on the protest.”
Meanwhile, a DSS source in the area explained that the ex-militants had made arrangements to carry out the protest last Wednesday and Thursday, but security operatives also foiled their plans.
“With the feelers we now have, anything can happen as they withdrew into their shell in the last few days. But I think it is not even a security concern to stop their protest. The fear is whether they will be lawful about it, added to concerns that hoodlums can take advantage of the situation.”
A source close to the Police Area Commander, Warri, Muazu Mohammed, also revealed that the police have mobilized and were prepared to maintain peace in the area.
Meanwhile, about 5000 members of the Reformed Oodua People’s Congress, ROPC, invaded the Imushin community in Ogun State, to confront suspected militants in the area. The ROPC members arrived the town from Lagos and Ogun states armed with charms, which they claimed had powers.