by lduozee Paul, Benin Correspondent As the 2019 general elections draws closer with heightened campaigns, Niger- Delta Ex- agitators have alle
by lduozee Paul, Benin Correspondent
As the 2019 general elections draws closer with heightened campaigns, Niger- Delta Ex- agitators have alleged that some politicians in the region have started stock-piling arms and ammunition they will use to rig the forth coming elections.
The group also warned other ex-agitators not to collect money from politicians to serve as thugs during the polls. They made the comment in a press release issued and signed by the national adviser of the
forum, Comrade Walter Serete and the national spokesperson, Comrade Ogidigba God’ s Time.
The leaders said what they need in
the region is peace not bloodshed.
Part of the press release read, ” ln an enlarged meeting of ex- agitators leadership forum held in Benin City, a lot of issues were discussed but the top priority of the discussion was the issue of insecurity. Most politicians were busy using the Xmas festive period as an avenue to smuggle illegal fire arms and ammunition into the region as part of preparations for the 2019 general polls.
“We have resolved to carefully trace the locations, where they are kept, and the politicians behind
this criminal act and after thorough information gathering we will expose them to the whole world. We use this medium to advice our brothers in the Niger- Delta region especially. the ex- agitators and those who surrendered their arms to the federal government of Nigeria, and have not been captured in the Amnesty Programme not to allow themselves to be used as political thugs during the forth –coming elections, as there is still room for them to be absorbed into the scheme.
“We urge Niger Delta politicians and stakeholders
to abide by the rules of the Electoral Act to
ensure hitch free, fair and credible election in the region. As we, the ex- agitators leadership forum in the Niger Delta cannot afford or continue to lose our brothers and loved ones during elections as experienced in the previous polls,” they lamented.
Also commenting, the national coordinator of the group, Comrade Douglas Otokolo said their aim is to make sure there is peace in the Niger Delta during the elections. He called on the federal government to ensure there are checking points to curb illegal arms movement into the region.
Comrade Otokolo said they are working with the federal government to ensure there is peace in the region and stressed that youths should not allow politicians to use them as thugs warning that any ex- agitators caught will face the law.