National Coalition of Niger Delta Ex-Agitators, NCNDE-A, has lambasted the federal government for planning to dialogue with pipeline vandals describing the proposal as misplaced priority.
The ex-militant leaders said instead of pleading with the vandals to drop their weapons and embrace dialogue, the Joint Task Force, JFT, should be unleashed on them in the creeks.
Speaking through its National President, Mr. Israel Akpodoro, Saturday in Abuja, they condemned renewed attacks on oil and gas facilities in the Niger Delta stating that the vandals were doing the biddings of their masters.
He said the renewed attacks on oil facilities in the Niger Delta region had political colouration and that it was sponsored by elements that failed in the 2015 general elections.
Akpodoro disagreed with the statement issued by the leadership of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, General Paul Boro, stressing that the renewed militancy and armed struggle against the Federal Government were acts of sabotage carried out by common criminals.
Akpodoro warned of dangers in dialogue with so called Avengers Group, he said have chosen the path of destruction noting that those responsible for the renewed vandalism were ex-militants who are already receiving stipends from the FG saying there were no new militants in the region but errand boys for prominent ex-agitators.
According to him, rather than plead for dialogue, the FG should declare total war on the economic saboteurs in the region and challenged Boroh to provide proof that members of the self-acclaimed Niger Delta Avengers were not known ex-militants.
“We won’t allow anyone to play games with our national good. Those criminals are ex-militants serving their masters’ interests. The FG should order the JTF to go after them in full force.
“It’s either Boroh is deliberately providing soft landing for wanted criminals or acting on gross ignorance. We understand his campaign and already we know his aims and objectives.
“Since the deadline for surrendering of weapons by militants expired long ago, one wonders why the Amnesty office plans a new amnesty for criminal?” the ex-militant leaders quarried.

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