Rights activist seeks end to pipeline vandalism
Human rights activist has called for the integration of ex-militants to curb the activities of hoodlums who regularly vandalized pipelines and government infrastructures
The Convener of the Nigeria Civil Right Activists (CNCRA), Ifeanyi Odili, who decried the havoc caused by the hoodlums in the vandalisation of oil pipelines at Arepo along Lagos/Ibadan expressway, Ogun State, said the government must come up with new ideas to engage the ex-militants to end their activities.
According to Odili: “The killing of Nigerians under any guise is unacceptable, thus; giving the CNCRA sleepless nights. It is our view that killing of government agents and the militants are avoidable if Nigeria government will only listen to this call.”
He maintained that the best approach to end all sorts of militancy in the area, which has turned the community to a conclave of terror and a siege of pipeline vandals, is dialogue.
The militants should be invited by the Nigerian Senate with a view to finding an enduring solution to the ongoing vandalism,” he said, alleging a high-ranking connivance between the vandals and top security personnel to perpetrate such crimes.
“It is revealed that some security chiefs are also conniving with the militants. Arrests, shootings and killings were made only when there is misunderstanding between the two parties, that is the government security agents and the vandals.
Since it is obvious that certain big men are conspiring with the militants thereby making it difficult for the government to get to the root of this economic virus, it is therefore advisable that government should device a means to have a dialogue with them on how to end the dastardly act.”
Odili, who told The Guardian that he carried out investigations on the malaise, disclosed, “the militants, according to information, are willing to lay down arms and embrace peace.
“It is regrettable that Nigerian is losing huge sum of money to this unpatriotic and ungodly act which could be avoided,” Odili said, listing the economic hazards to the nation.
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