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We won't negotiate with Niger Delta Avengers says Presidency

02 June 2016, 15:38

Abuja - Presidential Adviser on Amnesty Programme in the Niger Delta, Brig. General Paul Boroh (rtd) has said the federal government will not hold talks with militant group, Niger Delta Avengers.

Boroh who spoke to journalists in Port Harcourt in the early hours of Thursday on the sidelines of the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to flag-off the clean up of Ogoniland and the implementation of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report said “All ex-agitators captured in the Amnesty Programme have all dissociated themselves from the criminal activities of the Niger Delta Avengers.

Amnesty office has dissociated itself from them as well. We are going to work with the security agencies to fish them to face the law.”

Also read: Who are the Niger Delta Avengers?

Asked if there is possibility of negotiating with them, he said: “That is not the subject matter. We have all dissociated ourselves from them. Even the upcoming ones have no room in the Amnesty Programme. We have no room for the Niger Delta Avengers in our programme", he said.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, also ruled out negotiations with the Niger Delta Avengers according to Eagleonline.

Buratai said the strategy is to first smoke the militants out of hiding.

He made the position of the Federal Government known on Tuesday in Abuja at the “State of the Nation Conference” organised by the Nigerian Bar Association.

- News 24


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