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It’s a waste of time – Asari Dokubo.
Joint Task Force, JTF, has declared wanted, leader of the militant group, Lapto
JTF had on Saturday, while rescuing the 28 Nigerians working for an oil servicing
company, China Petrochemical Corporation, Sinepoc that were abducted on Ikang
waterways in Bakassi Local Government by armed men from Lapto’s camp maintained, “He
is declared wanted. He is not a friend to any one, if he can take 28 Nigerians
captive and this is not the first of its kind.”
Commander of JTF, codenamed Operation Pulo Shield, Major General Johnson Ochoga,
yesterday, said, “The 28th person has been found. All of them are safe. The one that
was not immediately seen has been picked up and he is safe. They have been handed
back to the oil company, Sinopec.
“The last person was rescued at Akpabuyo. The 27 others were rescued from Lapto’s
camp in the creeks, close to Ikang. All the oil workers were kidnapped when they
were going to Sinopec’s worksite in Akwa Ibom State.”
JTF also denied allegations that the militant group was agitating for self
determination for Bakassi people.
One of the rescued workers, Mr. Boniface Christopher, explained that their abductors
picked them up on their way to work at Coco River, adding that they were ordered to
lie down before their raincoats were used to blindfold them.
But in an exclusive interview with Cross River Watch, Leader of Niger Delta Peoples
Volunteer Force, Mujahideen Dokubo Asari said the statement by the JTF is a sheer
waste of time. “until the federal government summons the courage to call a sovereign
national conference to address the needs and fears of all sections of the country,
more and more groups continue to mushroom and the security agencies will continue to
waste their time chasing shadows”.
Also National Chairman, Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) said “all indigenous
peoples of the world have a universally recognised right to self determination. If
the Nigerian government think they can sit in Abuja and slice a section of the
country and dash it to another country without considering the fate of the
indigenous people then we should not be surprised about these pockets of
“government must have the courage to call a sovereign national conference to iron
out all these teething issues besetting our nationhood. Using the military to harass
and intimidate a people searching for a homeland is an exercise in futility” he
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