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Military and ND ex-Militants clash, One Killed

 
A detachment of troops of the joint military force deployed to the Niger Delta, Operation Delta Safe on Tuesday morn­ing dispersed hundreds of ex-militants who blocked the East-West road with fire arms injuring one of the ex-militants.
The ex-militants who re­portedly fall under phases 1 to 3 of the amnesty scheme blocked the Mbiama axis of the East-West road to motor­ists at about 6.30 am, Tues­day morning.
Respite, however, came to the trapped motorists when armed troops of the joint task force arrived in two patrol vans to remove the blockade and open the road to the public at around 7.30 am.
The soldiers fired several warning shots into the air which compelled the protest­ers to scamper to several di­rections to safety.
Mr Elliot Seimiebo, an ex-militant who is on the phase 1 of the amnesty scheme said on Tuesday morning that the soldiers had used the firearms to disperse the peace­ful protest aimed at drawing the attention to the neglect of their welfare.
“We had renounced vio­lence and remain peaceful in all our approaches; our in­tention was to draw attention to the nonpayment of our stipends for four months.
“We were not armed but the soldiers turned their weapons on us and there was confusion as people ran for their lives, one of the protest­ers was hit by stray bullet and got injured on his leg,” Seim­iebo said.
When contacted, Lt.-Cdr. Thomas Otuji, spokesman of Operation Delta Safe said that the claims that protesters were shot was untrue.
“Our troops were sent to the scene to ensure free flow of traffic and they went there to clear the blockade on the East-West road and there is no such report at my dispos­al as we speak, the protest­ers were professionally dis­persed” Otuji said by phone.
Also Mr Piriye Kirayamo, Liason Officerat the Am­nesty Office in Yenagoa sais that the office was aware of the liability to the militants but assured that efforts were underway to clear the back­log of stipends.
“We have been in discus­sions with the ex-agitators and have been appealing to them to remain calm, the office is doing everything to ensure that their stipends are paid,” Kiyaramo said.

 

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  • gboyegaa
    October 12, 2016 at 8:11 am

    There are pensioners that had given their state or country over 30 years of service that are being owed more than 6 months salary, there are teachers and civil servants that are owed over 6 months salary, we have not seen them blocking any roads even though they have protested peacefully.
    These militants that called themselves ex-militant are blocking roads because they have not been paid free money that they did not work for in a time when the country itself is in a recession that is caused partly by their actions and that of majority of the people from their area.
    What has Nigeria turned into?

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