Posted by News Express | 23 January 2016 | 4,387 times
The Federal Government will be receiving about 7,000 repentant militants in Akwa Ibom State today, January 23, 2016.
The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Co-ordinator of the Amnesty Programme, retired Brigadier-General Paul Boroh, said that the repentant militants declared their interest to disarm and join the Niger Delta Amnesty programme.
He was speaking to journalists after an inter-agency meeting to discuss the recent attack on pipelines in the Niger Delta.
General Boroh added that the ex-agitators have also declared their willingness to be involved in plans to ensure the security of pipelines and oil facilities in the region.
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Ugure, had earlier hosted an inter-agency meeting, where strategies on how to counter the attacks on oil facilities were discussed.
Facilities belonging to the Nigeria Gas Company, Chevron Nigeria Limited and Nigeria National Petroleum Company, NNPC were blown up by suspected militants on Friday, January 15 in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State.
This has forced the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, to announce the operational shutdown of the Port Harcourt and Kaduna Refineries owing to crude supply challenges arising from the attacks on vital crude oil pipelines.
Both the Nigerian Army and the Navy have described the attack as sabotage and terrorism which will not be tolerated.
The JTF Commander of Operation Pulo Shield in the Niger Delta, Major-General Alani Okunola, said that the task force had mobilised men to apprehend those who attacked the oil facilities.
He also warned community leaders that they would be held responsible for any attack on the country’s oil and gas facilities in their domains.
The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, while condemning the act, promised that no efforts would be spared in securing the lives and property of the citizens.
He also proposed the establishment of special courts and tribunals to tackle crimes in the maritime sector. (Channels TV)
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