Ex-Niger Delta Militants in Imo State have threatened to resume pipeline bombings in the creeks if the federal and state governments does not honour the amnesty agreement reached in 2011. The third batch group of the ex-militants has accused the Federal Government and the Gov. Rochas Okorocha-led administration of refusing to document and train them on the amnesty programme as they did to other former militants.
Contained in a statement signed by the Commander-General of Niger-Delta Ex-militants, Uzoma Bobby Chukwuka, the ex-militants urged the Joint Task Force (JTF) to return their arms, which they surrendered to them based on the amnesty agreement which the government has refused to honour.
Part of the statement read:
“We, therefore, ask the authorities responsible for the amnesty programme to document us and train and treat us as others or return all our surrendered work tools or they have asked us to go back to the creeks or our major den.
“We are ready to die for this shameful deceit if our demands are not met in good time. The Niger Delta Ex-militants third batch, Imo State chapter is calling for equity and fair pay. We wish to inform the general public that since 2011 till now that we accepted the amnesty, we surrendered all our arms and this is on record with JTF under the supervision of Caption T.C Okon at 34 Artillery Brigade, Obinze.
“Our colleague in other part of Niger Delta Region have been enjoying the amnesty programme why we were abandoned in Imo state.”
Meanwhile, former Niger Delta militant leader, Government Ekpemulopo, popularly know as Tompolo, has sued the Federal Government of Nigeria, challenging the N45.9 billion fraud charges filed against him.
Tompolo, approached the Federal High Court in Lagos through his lawyer, Mr. Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, demanding an order restraining the Federal Government and its agencies from further proceeding with the N45.9 billion fraud charges filed against him.
He is also contending sections 221 and 306 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, which prohibits him from seeking a stay of proceedings in his trial,which he says are infringing on his constitutional rights to fair hearing.