A group which claimed to be part of the Niger Delta militant group has threatened to take arms against the Federal Government if not included in the amnesty programme.
Leader of the Phase III ex-militants, Ramsey Umukoro, issued the threat Friday in Yenegoa, Bayelsa State during President Goodluck Jonathan’s visit to the state. Umukoro spoke at the end of the group’s meeting in Yenegoa.
The group demanded the president to direct the inclusion of amnesty seeking ex-militants to enable them benefit in the on-going Federal Government’s programme.
The amnesty led thousands of militants to drop arms, join training programmes and collect stipends but the group alleges exclusion despite the fact it has also joined the disarmament.
“The meeting is intended to pass a message across to Mr. President who is in town at the moment. We have been deprived of the amnesty program after dropping our guns for peace to reign and despite our pleas, the Federal Government has refused to dialogue with us.
“Let the president dare us and we will close down the nation’s economy to show him that Boko Haram is not bigger than us,” he said.
via Daily Trust.