14 June 2012

Nigeria: John Togo - JTF Denies Extra-Judicial Killing

Warri — JOINT Task Force, JTF, on Niger-Delta, codenamed Operation Pulo Shield, has denied allegation by a militant group, Niger-Delta Liberation Force, NDLF, that it (JTF), killed its former leader, "General" John Togo extra-judicially in 2010.

Meanwhile, NDLF has called on Federal Government to release the remains of John Togo for burial.

Spokesman of the group, "Captain" Mark Anthony, told Vanguard, "We want to give a befitting burial to our leader and the government should in addition to paying compensation for his extra-judicial murder release his remains."

JTF spokesman, Lt-Col Onyema Nwachukwu, who spoke to Vanguard, on the readiness of JTF to curtail NDLF and any other militant group that plan to cause fresh violence in the Niger-Delta region, said: "I am not aware of any court of law where JTF had been indicted for the extra- judicial killing of John Togo or any other militant."

He spoke against the background of the latest threat by NDLF to return to the creeks, if the Federal Government failed to pay N1 billion reparation for alleged extra-judicial killing of its erstwhile commander, "General" Togo, on or before June 21.

On the bombing of a Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company, SNEPCo, trunk line in Delta State on Monday by suspected ex-militants, Nwachukwu denied media reports on Wednesday, that some soldiers reported that there were gunshots somewhere, noting that what he said was that he would get back to the reporter on the matter and never confirmed any gunshot anywhere.

SNEPCo's Media Officer in Warri, Mr. Joseph Obari, also told Vanguard, yesterday, that "SPDC had not received any report of such an incident on our operations."

The militant group, however, insisted that SPDC's reserve trunk line at Tuomo town in Delta State was bombed at 7am on Monday.

Meanwhile the militant group, confirmed it had a large cache of sophisticated arms to prosecute another round of oil war in the region if the government did not meet their demands.

Mark Anthony said: "We are also servicing and oiling our arms, which they refused to collect from us when we told them that we are surrendering".

The remains of John Togo were exhumed by JTF and brought to the Central Hospital, Warri, after his followers denied that he had been killed.

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