Federal Government Finally Agrees To Free Nnamdi Kanu, Okah Brothers

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Reports emerging from the current dialogue
between the Federal Government and the
Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta
(MEND) suggests that they 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.

It is also believed that an agreement has been
reached 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.

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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”.

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