Niger Delta: Ex-Militant Commanders Threaten To Engage Kidnappers If They Don’t Desist

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EX-MILITANT LEADERS

EX-militant commanders in the Niger Delta region under the aegis of Leadership Forum for Peace, have warned hoodlums to desist from further acts of kidnapping in the region.The former militant commanders who spoke through ‘General’ Reuben Wilson, said they would not tolerate further acts of kidnapping for ransom in the region.

Wilson said the ex-militant commanders had to locate and secure the release of six foreigners who were recently taken hostage in Bayelsa State.

Those rescued by the ex- militant commanders in Bayelsa were two Indians, one Russian and three Ukrainians.

While stressing that there was no justification for continued kidnapping in the region with the Federal Government’s amnesty programme on course, Wilson said the commanders were set to rid the region of kidnappers.

He said: “We took the pains to go into the creeks that we left some years back to look for and rescue all the abducted foreign workers because it was shameful and degrading that some disgruntled elements are still thinking of kidnapping people in times like these when the amnesty programme has been on course.

“Rather than engage in activities that will drive the name of the Niger Delta in the mud, we should all join hands in supporting the development initiatives of the government. Kidnapping does not pay.”

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