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Ex-militants deny link to Avengers, criticise FG using military force

02 August 2016, 10:17

Niger - A group of ex-militants known as the Former Forest Soldiers (FFS) have denied claims made by the Federal Government that it belongs to the Niger Delta Militants and have also lambasted the government's decision to renege on a cease-fire agreement, Naij reports.

The group says that they have surrendered and are seeking a peaceful transition to disarming but have claimed that the Federal Government are using military force instead of seeking a peaceful dialogue.

Also read: Avengers order Yorubas, Hausas out of region

Leader of the FFS, General' O. Ibori said that he was shocked by the government's action after the group surrendered its arms, by linking it to the Avengers.

"We have surrendered but rather than fulfil its obligation by enlisting us in the amnesty programme, the federal government just began linking us to some recent kidnappings in the Arepo area of Lagos and the destructive activities of the Avengers that we know nothing about. All we want is to be part of the amnesty programme as the final step of the various dialogues," Ibori said.

News24 Nigeria reported that one of the militant groups that has claimed responsibility for blowing up oil wells and pipelines in the region, the Niger Delta Avengers, said the Federal Government was “not serious” about any dialogue.

According to them, the peace talk initiated by Federal Government is  a delay tactic employed to enable the drones purchased from the United State  arrive latest end of August.

For more on this story, visit Naij.

- News24 Nigeria


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