Aggrieved ex-militants from the coastal area of Ese Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State have threatened to return to the Creek if the State Government fails to fulfill its promises after submitting their arms and ammunition in last year’s amnesty programme.
It will be recalled that some disgruntled ex-militants had earlier this year invaded and disrupted the Akure office of the Ondo State Oil Producing Area Development Commission (OSOPADEC) over the failure of the State government to fulfill its promises.
The ex-militants accused the state government of playing politics with the amnesty programme by substituting their names with that of their cronies.
A leader of the group, General Bowei Felix said they are ready to go back to the creek if their names are not included after submitting their weapons
He said, “We are ready and have shown our readiness to embrace peace. We have submitted our weapons, rifles, dynamites and other explosives in accordance with the agreement that they will empower us, but to our dismay, they brought in the political class who never submitted nor dropped anything.”
Bowie added that a 21-day ultimatum has been given to the state government after which they will show their full strength by paralyzing economic activities in the state.
“They preached peace and we accepted the peace, but the current situation is that we are disappointed with the current happenings.
“We, therefore call on the federal and state government and the amnesty international to do the needful within 21 days to properly document each general by giving us our expected slots and pay each of us the expected benefits in line with the financial principle guiding the programme,” he stressed.
In his reaction, the State Commissioner For Information Mr. Yemi Olowolabi said the amnesty programme initiated by the governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has received widespread commendation from all and sundry within and outside the state.
He described the group protesting as jobless and disgruntled elements masquerading themselves as ex-militants.
Olowolabi added that the exercise is in phases and those that need to be included will not be abandoned.