FG distributes palliatives to ex-militants

Members of the defunct Bakassi Strike Force who laid down arms in 2018 have received succor from the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.

The palliative was part of the 1,400 bags of rice distributed by the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs through the Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC), to cushion the effect of Covid-19 in Cross-River State.

A former Deputy Speaker of Crose-River House of Assembly, Orok Duke, who is coordinating the distribution exercise in the State, said the ex-militants have been law-abiding and peaceful since they laid down their arms.

Duke, while distributing the rice to them in Calabar, said it was important to also capture the ex-militant by way of accommodating and carrying them along in such activities.

According to him, the 196 wards across the 18 local government areas in Cross-River have also benefited from the kind gesture of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.

Receiving the palliative, Victor Benjamin, one of the Commander of the defunct Bakassi Strike Force, appreciated the effort of Senator Akpabio to recognize them in times like this when the world was being affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Benjamin, who spoke on behalf of the leader of the defunct Bakassi Strike Force, Benjamin Eneh, said the effort of the Ministry would forever live in their hearts.

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