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Ex-Militants Meeting Cancelled By Bayelsa Gov

Posted: Jul 25, 2015 at 10:25 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Igoniko Oduma  –  Yenagoa

The proposed meeting of ex-militant leaders in the Niger Delta scheduled to hold in Yenagoa on Saturday (today) has been cancelled by the Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson.

He said the meeting had been postponed but did not state when it would be re-convened.

Dickson announced the cancellation of the ex-creek warlords’s forum in a statement in Yenagoa on Friday signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iworiso-Markson.

He did not give reasons for canceling the meeting.

He, however, assured the ex-militant leaders that he would meet with them soon to discuss issues that affect them and the overall issues of strategic interest of the region and the nation.

“The governor will meet with them soon to discuss issues as it affects the ex-agitators and others issues of overall strategic interest of the region and the nation as a whole”, the statement said.

The statement which was titled, “Dickson cancels meeting of ex-agitators in Yenagoa…To meet the leaders soon”, also called for the understanding and co-operation of the former commanders of MEND.

One of the group’s  leading ex-commanders, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, had fixed the meeting of the ex-militant generals in Yenagoa on Saturday under the aegis of MEND.

Tompolo, who announced the meeting through a statement signed by his media assistant, Paul Bebeminibo, had said the meeting would hold at 10am at the Ijaw  House along the Sani Abacha Expressway.

According to Tompolo, “the meeting will carefully discuss issues of interest as it affects the Niger Delta region.”

“If you check the region since assumption of power by President Buhari there are signs of tension due to the administration’s perceived animosity against the region and the beneficiaries of the Federal Government amnesty deal.
“The boys have cried out, ex-militant generals  have pleaded but no answer from Buhari. We cannot fold our hands and let the boys be provoked into violence”, Tompolo said