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Don’t Dialogue With ‘New Militias’ in Niger Delta, Group Urges FG

Posted: May 24, 2016 at 3:30 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Emmanuel Udom


The Federal Government has been urged not to dialogue with the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) and the new ?Red Egbeda Water Lions or any other new militant group unleashing fresh violence on oil companies and facilities in the Niger Delta region.

Israel Akpodoro, National President, National Coalition of Niger Delta Ex-Agitators (NCNDE-A), who made the call in Abuja, said that dialogue with “attackers of our national” patrimony will only give rise to the emergence of other groups.

According to him, these militants causing trouble in the Niger Delta are drawn from the league of ex-militants who were on the payroll of the Federal Government’s Amnesty Programme.

Akpodoro, who was reacting to calls by Chief Edwin Clark to President Muhammadu Buhari to dialogue with the NDA to achieve peace in the region, described the new militant groups as demagogues and evil doers who are out to foment trouble and stampede the government into paying them amnesty.

He noted that the calls for dialogue were ploy by Ijaw youths to arm-twist the government.

Akpodoro alleged that the ‘neo militant groups’ were directly under the command of ‘fugitive’ Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo. He asked the Niger Delta leaders agitating for dialogue to first produce Tompolo.

The Ex-militant urged the government to work with unconventional security who knows the terrain better than the Nigerian military to achieve result.

Akpodoro said that intelligence and information gathering by organised local youth under an unconventional security platform was capable of turning in criminals in large numbers to the law enforcement agencies.

He berated Chief Clark for asking the Federal Government to dialogue with the Niger Delta Avengers and noted that: “Acting like father to economic saboteurs and forming protective ring around criminals in the region won’t do us any good at this critical period of our nationhood.

“The call by Chief E.K. Clark, to say the least came as a rude shock and unbecoming of a man who would always want criminals of Ijaw extraction protected in the name of calls for dialogue.

“Nigerians would want to know from Chief Clark who the avengers, their sponsors and what they are avenging at this critical period in our nationhood?” Akpodoro said.