ASABA – EX-MILITANTS laid siege to the East-West Road at Orhoro , the entrance to Bomadi community in Delta State , weekend, with a trailers and nearly lynched one of their former leaders for allegedly pilfering with their allowances.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has ordered the Joint Task Force on the Niger-Delta and Police Commands and other security agents in the Niger-Delta to synergize and beef up security in the states following the latest threat by the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger-Delta to resume hostilities.
It was gathered that the Office of the Special Adviser to the President and on Niger-Delta and chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Committee, Hon. Kingsley Kuku, had done everything practically possible to ensure that the N65, 000 monthly stipend for to the ex-militants undergoing training get to them, but a number of the ex-militant leaders deduct money from the allowances of their boys for unstated reasons.
Delta State Commissioner of Police, Mamman Tsafe confirmed to Vanguard when contacted, yesterday, that the police was already working to contain the situation.
The Amanayabo of Meinbutus (Ijaw communities, Warri urban) and national president of the Niger-Delta for Credible and Visionary Leadership, King-Jerry Prebor , who witnessed the incident told Vanguard, yesterday, that the ex-militant general, identified as Blessyn was beating mercilessly by the ex-agitators.
He said he was travelling on the East-West Road when he ran into the siege by the ex-militants and had to disembark from the vehicle to introduce himself and plead with the protesting ex-militants to remove the trailer and other things used as blockades on the road.
Prebor said men of the Joint Task Force, JTF, on the Niger-Delta from Bomadi got to the scene after he had calmed the boys and that wanted to use force to disperse them, but he pleaded with them to be civil in their approach, as the boys were angry.
The Amanayabo called on the appropriate government authorities to address the grievance, saying, their allowances should not be tampered with, it should be given to them the way government released it to them.
A security source told Vanguard that security agents might be forced to track down the ex-militant leaders involved in the tampering of allowances of their boys since the complaints had become prevalent and could lead to another round of crisis if not checked.
It was gathered that following the latest threat by MEND to resume hostilities, the National Security Adviser to the President, Major General Andrew Owoye Azazi, rtd and the Inspector General of Police have put activated some security operations around the country.