Ex-Militants Shut A’Ibom Govt House
*Denies entry to visitors, exit to Gov, staff
Not fewer than 200 Niger Delta Ex-Militants who were granted amnesty in 2012 on Tuesday barricaded the entrance of Akwa Ibom Government House for over six hours, denying access to visitors and exit to the Governor and staff.
The ex-militants, whose activities obstructed traffic along the entire stretch leading to the government house, arrived Willington Bassey with six Toyota Hiace buses, chanting war songs and bearing placards with different inscriptions.
Bearing placards with inscriptions; “We are tired of coming to this place”, “Please pay us our salaries”, “How can we be slaves in our state” and “Other states militants have been paid,” among others, the protesting ex-militants blocked the entrance and did not allow any vehicles entry or exit from government house for hours.
Speaking with newsmen, the Leader of the ex-militants in Akwa Ibom, Mr Ebong Friday, said the state government had not included them in the federal government amnesty programme.
Friday vowed not to leave the place until Gov. Udom Emmanuel come out to attend to them.
“Let the State Government capture our names and send to the Federal Government amnesty programme. All other states have been taken care of except Akwa Ibom,” Friday said.
He lamented that since they laid down their arms in 2012 the state government had neglected them.
He said that their visit to government house was the fourth time without government attending to their complaints.
He said that, before today, they had given state government two months to address their grievances, but got no positive response or action.
Addressing the ex-militants, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Murtala Mani, appealed to the ex –agitators to remain calm and be law-abiding while pressing for their demands.
The CP said that government would not allow them to suffer after laying down their arms. He therefore assured them that he would take their complaints to the governor for action.
Also addressing the ex-militants, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Victor Antai, promised that the state government will do all within its power to forward names of aggrieved ex-militants to be captured in the Federal Government amnesty programme.
“I can assure you that government will address your complains within two weeks,” he assured.
The ex-militant as still tightly barricaded the entrance of the Akwa Ibom State government house at Tuesday 5pm.