The Former Forest Soldiers (FFS), a group of ex-militants, have threatened to begin destroying oil facilities in the Niger Delta if the government doesn’t include them in its amnesty programme.
The group also gave the government a two week deadline to meet its demands via a statement released by leader, General O.C. Ibori on Tuesday, August 2, 2016.
“After years of several peaceful dialogues with the Federal Government represented by the Special Adviser to the President on Amnesty, Brig. Gen. Paul Boro (retd) in which the Federal Government agreed on many occasions to enlist us into the amnesty programme, the government has failed to fulfil its own side of the deal,” Ibori said.
“Instead of fulfilling its own part of the several agreements, the government started linking us to some recent kidnappings in the Arepo area of Lagos and other destructive activities by the Niger Delta Avengers that we knew nothing about.
“It is clear that the government has chosen force and fire instead of peace. It should be known that we only ceased fire in the face of the various dialogue but we have not laid down our weapons completely and our over 25 camps spread along the coastal area have not been disarmed. Now, we are breaking forth again for destruction, in a monumental level this time.
“As such we are now giving the Federal Government two weeks ultimatum within which it must enlist us in the amnesty programme. At the expiry of this ultimatum, we will embark on the destruction of government and oil facilities across Niger Delta in a large scale that will take the government over 20 years to repair,” he added.
The group had earlier denied participating in attacks carried out by the Niger Delta Avengers adding that it had since surrendered to the Federal Government.