Renewed hostilities loom in Niger Delta
Seven repentant militant groups from Akwa Ibom and Cross River States have formed a coalition and have threatened to resume attacks on public utilities, and oil and gas installations in Akwa Ibom and Cross River.
About 3000 youth who were said to represent seven militant camps paraded in Ibekwe, Ikot Abasi yesterday Thursday March 1.
One of the group leaders, Gen. Emi said the federal government failed to integrate all repentant militants from Akwa Ibom and Cross River who laid down their arms to embrace the amnesty programme in 2009, hence they have lost faith in the programme.
The coalition while meeting with the President of Ibibio Youth Council, Imo Okoko says it is giving the federal government two weeks to grant amnesty to Gen. Simpli Benjamin and integrate all those who handed over ammunition to the government in 2009 but were shutout of camp at the commencement of documentation, into the amnesty programme.
Some of the militant groups identified are “Bakassi Strike Force”, ” Who Send You Camp”, “Niger Delta Volunteers”, ” City Upland Marine Men”, “Niger Delta Watchdog” and “Niger Delta Agitators”.