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FRESH tension brews as ex-militants threaten to resume hostilities if the Federal Government fails to reverse the appointment of a non-indigene as a member of the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)from the oil producing area of Ondo State, Nigerian Tribune has reported.

In a statement signed by the commandant of the Eagle Strike Camp, Niyi Uyimitigba and three other members of the group, who lamented about the marginalisation of the people of the oil rich region in the state from time immemorial.

The group protested against the disqualification of  the their former nominee Tokunbo Ajasin, who was disqualified on account of not being an indigine from the area, the state as representative on the board of the NDDC.

Also,  Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo seeming exclusion of the region from the schedule of the presidency in the ongoing tour of the Niger Delta  and meeting stakeholders across the nine oil producing states to pacify the people and ex-militants also drew angry reactions.

The group stages that all the promises made by the Acting President in terms of infrastructural development and palliatives may elude the state if there is no representative of the state in the NDDC board who would fight for their cause.

The ex-militatant stated in the statement: ''we understood the unalloyed efforts been exerted by the current APC led government in the country and the ultimately salute particularly the courage and doggedness of our Acting President in the recent times to ensure that Niger Delta areas do not get eluded of benefits due them for better peace and tranquility in the region.

“However, we are sincerely embarrassed at the gross neglect of Ilaje Local Government, the only oil producing Local Government that qualifies Ondo State and indeed the Southwest zone to be part of Niger Delta “

The group of 110 ex-militants said there is limit to their tolerance regarding the neglects of their areas by the successive administrations in the country and may resume hostilities if their demands are not met by the Federal Government.
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