18 January 2013

Nigeria: Delta Community Ex-Communicates Ex-Militants

Warri — AYAKOROMO community in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State has banned ex-militants, who hail from the locality from participating in community affairs.

Ayakoromo is the hometown of the founder of the defunct Niger Delta Liberation Force, "General" John Togo, who was killed in an air bombardment by the Joint Task Force, JTF, on the Niger-Delta in 2010.

Vanguard learnt that the community took their action following its dissatisfaction with the activities of the defunct militant group and its members, who hail from the community.

Soldiers invaded Ayakoromo community in 2010 and killed a number of villagers, while scores of houses were razed because of the killing of some soldiers by NDLF forces.

The Federal Government later directed Army authorities to rebuild the destroyed houses, while the state government also came to the aid of the people.

Spokesperson of the disbanded group, "Captain" Mark Anthony, told Vanguard in Warri, yesterday, "I am appealing also to the community executive of Ayakoromo town not to make things difficult for members of NDLF who are from that town.

"The boys are complaining to me that the community excommunicated them for participating in the militancy and that they should pay a fix amount of fine before they would be allowed to live in the community.

"I want to appeal on behalf of my organisation with the leadership of the community to embrace their boys as they have taken an oath with the Federal Government to turn a new leaf. These boys living on exile may not help matters in the future.

"I urge the Delta State government and joint task force authorities to intervene in the matter for us."

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