Just few days after Ijaw Youth Council claimed that the guys attacking, looting communities in parts of Lagos and Ogun states were not from Ijaw, some revelations are beginning to play out.
Militants and pipeline vandals within Arepo have indicated their commitment to surrender their arms to the Federal GovernÂment.
Leader of the Ijaw miliÂtant group â€“ Forest Soldiers and Adaka Boro Last Born â€“ General Agbala, told The Sun in a private telephone interÂview that they are agitators and not criminals.
The Army, Air Force and the Navy, have been giving them the heat through aerial bomÂbardment to rid the Arepo area of crimÂinal elements.
The operation which also involve the Police, the DeÂpartment of State Services (DSS) and the Nigeria SeÂcurity and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has reÂcorded substantial success.
The militants leader, Agbala who spoke partly in pidgin English in the wake of the bombardment of the areas, said he has been doing his best to rid the area of criminal elements, saying that kidÂnapping has never been in his line. He said a visit to Ogun State would reÂveal that he had in the past handed over a man named Ototo to the police, BishibiÂshi and other boys.
Agbala said, â€œsomething like kidnapÂping, armed robbery, I am not involved. But na some bad people dey spoil my name up and down. Na im make me dey vex.â€
Speaking on their interaction with the government delegation that visited their camps, Agbala said the visit took place last year and he was the one who received the officials.
Agbala said they told the government delegation that they had no problem with anyone, even as he stated that they had since been waiting for the implementation of the neÂgotiation before the ongoÂing crisis started.
On how to end the pipeline vandalism, Agbala said the government delÂegation requested they stop vandalizing pipelines so that they would be given contract to secure the pipeÂlines, some would be sent to school, while others would engage in vocational training.
Asked to distinguish between vandals and miliÂtants, particularly where his group belong to, Agbala said even though they are in Ogun and Lagos states, they are of Ijaw origin.
Corroborating Agbalaâ€™s submission, the General Secretary of Forest Soldiers and Adaka Boro Last Born, Honourable Omomoh, said they have always been asÂsisting government in ridÂding the areas of criminal elements, saying they made some arrests in the past which the State Anti RobÂbery Squad (SARS) in Ogun State can testify to.
â€œWe are still waiting for them. We are always loyal to the government, but the casualties recorded are too high,â€ Omomoh declared.
Meanwhile, the Joint Force, Operation Delta Safe (ODS), has allayed the fears of people in the Niger Delta region over any possible break of law and order.
The Commander of the ODS, Rear Admiral Joseph Okojie who spoke in YenaÂgoa, Bayelsa State vowed that the military would not abdicate its responsibilities to protect the territorial inÂtegrity, lives and property in the region.
While dismissing threats by those he stated have no social base, he assured that ODS with its multi agency comÂposition is capable of nipÂping any security situation in the bud.