Nnamdi Kanu, Henry & Charles Okah May Be Freed As MEND, FG Strike Deal - Vanguard

The Movement for the
Emancipation of the Niger Delta
(MEND) and the Federal
Government currently engaged
in a dialogue through the oil
companies and security agencies have reached far-reaching
compromises, including the
release of former militant leader,
Henry Okah, in prison in South
Africa and Charles Okah,
incarcerated in Nigeria. They also agreed that ex-militant
leader, Government Ekpemupolo
, alias Tompolo, would not be
harassed by government if he
makes himself available as a
delegate on MEND Aaron Team 2, while the leader of the
Indigenous People of Biafra,
IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, would be
released on condition that he
renounces the agitation for
“Biafra Republic.” MEND in a statement by
spokesperson, Jomo Gbomo,
today (Saturday) announced
other breakthroughs in the
discussions that will end the
revolt in the South-South and South East regions in a jiffy.
However, it said the recalcitrant
Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, still
has opportunity to embrace
peace failing which a
combination of military forces and volunteers in the region,
would smoke them out.
The statement read: “The
Movement for the Emancipation
of the Niger Delta (MEND) is the
only militant group from the Niger Delta region who are
presently engaged in a dialogue
with the Federal Government of
Nigeria – through oil companies
and security agencies -with a
view to resolving the current Niger Delta crisis.”
“Thus far, the deliberations have
been fruitful, various
concessions and guarantees
have already been secured.
Some of which include, but are not limited to: Release of Henry
Okah, Charles Okah and Obi
Nwabueze; Review of the life
sentence handed to Mr. Edmund
Ebiware based on a proposal put
forward by the Aaron Team representative for Abia and Imo
states, Senator Adolphus
Wabara.
“Also, conditional release of
IPOB leader, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu
and others if they renounce their agitation for a “Biafra Republic,”
the group said.
Furthermore, MEND said they
agreed: “That Mr. Government
Ekpemupolo shall not be
arrested, harassed and/or intimidated whenever he makes
himself available as a delegate of
the MEND Aaron Team.”
It added: “That international
arbitrator and conflict
negotiator, American Dr. Judith Asuni shall be accepted as the
representative of the Niger Delta
Avengers (NDA) on the MEND
Aaron Team; that the criminal
charges against Urhobo freedom
fighter, Mr. Kelvin Prosper Oniarah shall be reviewed.
“That the life sentence which
was handed to seven soldiers in
2008, who actively supported
the Niger Delta struggle be
reviewed under the Presidential Amnesty Programme. The
affected persons are: Suleiman
Alabi Akubo, Major. Mathias
Peter, SGT, Alexander Davou,
L.Cpl., Moses Nwaigwe, L.Cpl.,
Nnandi Anene, L.Cpl. Taatihi Emmanuel, L.Cpl and Caleb Bawa,
PTE,” it said. .
“However, one of the most
immediate and urgent fallout of
the ongoing dialogue is the
imperative for the Federal Government and MEND to jointly
and separately take proactive
steps to rescue and secure the
region. This is in the event that
the recalcitrant Niger Delta
Avengers (NDA) continuing on its senseless and politically-
motivated path of attacks on the
country’s oil assets,” it noted.
MEND asserted: “To this end,
both parties agreed that the
Special Forces of the Nigerian Army should commence the
purely routine but strategic
military exercise code-named
“Operation Crocodile Tears”;
while MEND would commence a
meet-the Government-Actors- and-People tour of the Niger
Delta region code-named
“Operation Moses”.
More details soon.

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