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Niger Delta monarchs meet FG, list conditions for peace

25 August 2016, 16:42

Abuja - The federal government has begun making moves to address the resurgence of militancy in the Niger Delta.

The government delegation on Thursday met with some leaders and traditional rulers from the region.

The monarchs and the leaders had on Friday set up a negotiation team to meet with the government on behalf of militants in the region.

Thursday's meeting between the government and the monarchs was held at the headquarters of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in Abuja.

During the meeting, the leaders and monarchs read out terms that they thought would build confidence as well as restore peace in the region.

The leaders in a statement released after the meeting listed six things the government should do in order to build confidence and stop the destruction of the country’s oil assets by militants in the region.

Also read: Niger Delta Avengers agree to conditional ceasefire

The statement was read out by the Bolowei of Gbaramatu Kingdom, Wellington Okirika.

The statement reads: Having acceded to the call for a ceasefire by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, on August 4, 2016, the buck has now been passed to the table of the Federal Government as driven by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources – a representative of the Federal Government.

“For the purposes of building confidence in the system, we wish to state here that as a matter of urgency the Federal Government should appoint/constitute a Federal Government dialogue team; release the 10 innocent school children arrested by the Nigerian Army on the 28th of May, 2016 in Oporoza and others in detention on trumped up charges.

“Return the Golden Sword, being the symbol of authority in the Gbaramatu traditional institution; return the three traditional council speed boats in custody of the Nigerian Army; cessation of hostilities perpetrated by the military in the Niger Delta region; and equally important, the Federal Government should make a categorical statement about the opening of the Maritime University, Okerenkoko Delta State for academic activities in the 2016/2017 session.”

- News 24


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