Why militancy has returned to the Niger Delta – Femi Falana

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, says the continued destruction of oil wells and pipelines by Niger Delta Avengers “would further impoverish the Niger Delta” region and its people.

Falana also said the ongoing spate of militancy wouldn’t be happening, if proper records of the amnesty programmes had been kept by past governments.

Speaking on Sunday at an event to mark the International Archives Day, Falana said “if proper records had been kept, especially those of the pre and post amnesty programmes in the region, the ongoing militancy would have been nipped in the bud.”

“The SAN advised authorities to put in place measures to protect the integrity of archival materials and ensure that records are updated as and when due.”

“He said the lack of record-keeping had made it difficult to police the country, unlike in the developed countries where law enforcement agents make judicious use of records to nab criminals and curb crimes.”

“Falana, who commended the cleaning up of the region by the Federal Government advised the Niger Delta Avengers to desist from blowing up oil wells in the region as such acts would further impoverish the people.”

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