From Timothy Omobude, Benin
Ex-militants in the Niger Delta region yesterday disclosed that some politicians had stockpiled arms illegally for unleashing of terror against opponents in the forthcoming general elections.
Mr Godstime Ogidigba, spokesperson, Ex-Agitators Leadership Forum, who disclosed this in Benin, said the forum had information on some of the locations where the arms were allegedly kept.
Ogidigba stated that the arms were stockpiled to unleash terror and mayhem against political opponents and to rig the elections.
He advised ex-militants not to allow any politician to use them as thugs to undermine effort of the government to conduct free and fair elections.
Ogidigba said what the region currently needed was sustainable peace and development.
“Most politicians have used the festive period as an avenue to smuggle in illegal fire arms and ammunition into the region as part of their evil plans for the 2019 general polls.
“We have resolved to carefully trace the locations where they are kept. After thorough information gathering, we will expose those behind the illegal act to the whole world.
“We want to use this medium to advise our brothers in the Niger-Delta region, especially ex- agitators and those who surrendered their arms to the Federal Government but are yet to be captured in the amnesty programme, to be patient.
“They should not allow themselves to be used as political thugs during the forthcoming elections as there is still room for them to be absorbed into the scheme.
“We urge Niger Delta politicians and stakeholders to abide by the rules of the Electoral Act to ensure hitch free, fair and credible elections in the region.”
He said the region cannot afford continued loss of lives and property during exercise as experienced in previous polls.