Former Niger Delta warlord, now a monarch, Ateke Tom, has described people in the region, using arms to attract the attention of government as criminals.
Ateke, who is now the Amayanabo of Okochiri kingdom in Okrika local government area of the state, asked security agencies to treat such armed agitators as criminals.
The monarch reacting to a video clip trending in the social media, urged governments to stop negotiating with criminals using arms to seek redress, saying the day of armed struggle is over in the Niger Delta region.
The monarch asked those who have pressing issues to adopt dialogue to resolve them.
Ateke said, “Ordinarily, I would not have given attention to the clip as I do not identify with criminals, but for the sake of records and integrity. I wish to state that I do not know the hoodlums in that video. As a peace ambassador who ensures peace, love and development among youths, communities and the leaders, I don’t associate with arms bearing individuals.
“I call on the youths not to allow themselves to be used enemies of the society to cause crisis in communities. The time for using arms to get attention is over. If there is misunderstanding the youths should approach the right channel to settle their problems.
“Those youths are criminals and should be investigated, fished out arrested and prosecuted for causing panic in the society through their unlawful activities.”Please subscribe to our newsletter