Ex-militant leaders in Bayelsa state have promised to curb the spate of bombing of oil installations by criminal elements.
They also warned members of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) to steer clear of the state, while vowing to resist any future oil pipeline attacks.
The ex-militants, while declaring that they would stamp out criminality from Bayelsa State, commended the Presidential Adviser on Niger Delta, Paul Boroh, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu and the Bayelsa state Government – for their commitment to bringing about sustainable peace in the state and the Niger Delta region at large.
A press statement was issued by the ex-militant leaders led by General Africa Ukpariasa, General Pastor Reuben and the current local government caretaker committee chairman, Joshua Maciver.
The statement was issued after a meeting with Kachikwu, Boroh, the Bayelsa state Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson and other stakeholders in the state.
According to the ex-militant leaders, activities of the Avengers and other groups in the Niger Delta region were in no way aimed at advancing the interest of the people.
They reminded members of the NDA that “they signed a pact with the federal government in 2009 to drop their armed struggle and embrace peace.”
The ex-militant leaders therefore warned that “what they are doing is in contravention of that pact and advised the NDA and other militant groups in the region to steer clear from Bayelsa state as they would henceforth make it their duty to police the creeks and the length and breadth of the state”
The ex-militant leaders called on the federal government to bring about meaningful development to the Niger Delta region to forestall such unwarranted blackmail and economic sabotage by groups under different names.