By; ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
Former Niger Delta militant leaders of the federal amnesty programme phase 3 have called on President Muhammadu Buhari, the Senate and House of Representatives to re-visit the phase 3 reintegration exercise and correct the lapses by directing the Chairman of the amnesty Programme, Professor Charles Dokubo to release the remaining slots for their boys to be captured and benefit just as in phase 1 & 2 to give them sense of belonging.
They said ”we were deceived by federal government during the disarmament and reintegration exercise under former President Goodluck Jonathan that further window would be opened for their boys again.
Leadership of the Delta State chapter, Federal Amnesty Programme Phase-3, led by the Chairman, Ambassador Preye Ekpebide and General Leader Phase-3 Niger Delta, Ambassador Godday Smith aka (King of the forest/gods of Niger Delta).
The leaders in a communique arising from a meeting convened by the general leader of phase 3, Ambassador Godday Smith in Warri on Thursday, and signed by the following leaders, Ambassador Preye Ekpebide, Chairman, Odiri Kingsley v/chairman, Takibubu Johnnywalker, secretary, Jeff Ongulo treasurer, Stephen Oke, Spokesman, Tam Coleman, F/sec. Emmanuel Agi. P R O, Bunu Side, Women leader, Efiri Fashion, Asst Secretary. Ebi Olomoro,organising Secretary , J D Jerado, advisers, Akpe Moses , advisers, Basil Okiwowo, Publicity, Daniel Gesikeme, Provost, Ebi Monday,member and Pawpaw Ojukwu member.
They said, ‘‘The federal government during our disarmament/reintegration exercise had promised that each camp would have at least 100 slots and above, depending on the size of camps. But during the data capturing/reintegration exercise, to our surprise, all the camps were captured two or three, including the leaders at gun point in 3 Army Battalion, Effurun, Warri. When we asked why the boys were not captured with us.
”They told us that the window has not been closed and that all our boys in various camps would be captured and reintegrated into the programme.
‘‘ We waited till now, nothing has been done. How can you capture only the leaders in phase 3, leaving their boys on the street and become menace in the society?. We want all our boys to be captured and benefit from the agitation’’ they pleaded.”
The leaders also urged the amnesty programme office to ”deal directly on issues concerning with welfare of the Delta state executive under the dynamic leadership of Amb. Preye Ekpebide.