Ex-militant leaders have pledged to end sea piracy and kidnapping in the Niger Delta as they work with the amnesty programme to ensure peace and development.
This was part of the resolutions reached at a peace-building meeting with the leadership of the ex-agitators drawn from the nine states of the region.
The meeting culminated in an interactive session with the Interim Administrator, Presidential Amnesty Programme, Col. Milland Dixon Dikio (retd), in Agadagba-Obon, Ondo State recently.
One of the ex-agitators, Bibopiri Ajube, known as General Shoot-at-Sight, who made the call, urged his colleagues to work with PAP to foster security and development in the region.
He said, “We’re ready to work with you sir. My brothers here are telling you that there will be no road block, henceforth. This leadership is with you, anytime you need us, call Boyloaf, call us. We will call one another and work with you.
“Why are our people still involved in sea piracy and kidnapping? We are missing something. If you are supporting this evil, which government will come and develop your land? Our agreement henceforth from this meeting; no more sea piracy, no more kidnapping.”
Spokesperson for the delegates and former Ijaw Youth Council President, Chris Ekiyor, thanked Dikio for taking the initiative to meet them. He urged him to collaborate with other Niger Delta-related agencies and institutions so the programme will not be over-burdened.