Ex-agitators in the Niger Delta under the aegis of Bakassi Freedom Fighters have threatened to disrupt activities at Ibom International Airport, ExxonMobil as well as vandalise pipelines from Frontier Oil Limited in Akwa Ibom.
Spokesperson for the repentant militants, ‘Commander’ Ebong Friday, lamented the neglect of the group’s members by the state government since the time they surrendered their arms and embraced the Presidential Amnesty Programme.
Friday stated this in Eket, Eket Local Government Area of the state at a meeting with his members on Friday.
He revealed that the group had given the Akwa Ibom State governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel one week ultimatum, to empower his members in the youth empowerment programme or risk dire consequences.
“It is very unfortunate that the state government is taking us for granted. We dropped our arms in the course of the Presidential Amnesty Programme and chose to embrace peace.
“The Akwa Ibom State Government called for amnesty and we surrendered our arms with an agreement that they would train us and integrate us.
“After we voluntarily dropped our arms to embrace peace so that we could achieve what they had promised us, they turned their backs on us”, he lamented.
Friday said that about 950 members of the group were yet to be integrated and documented in the Federal Government amnesty programmes despite the fact that they went to Obubra in Cross River State for training and came back to the state.