Militancy and crude oil theft is on the increase in the Niger Delta part of Nigeria.
The Presidential Amnesty Office in Abuja on Tuesday called on security agencies to devise new strategies in tackling the re-emergence of militancy in the Niger Delta.
Daniel Alabrah, the Head of Media and Communications of the Office, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria.
“Security agencies need to intensify efforts to tackle the re-emergence of militancy in some states in the area,” he said.
He said the amnesty office was not a security agency and had no powers, competence or wherewithal to stop any person “who willfully decides to commit crime in the region”.
According to him, the office only assists security agencies to carry out their duties.
“The office has the mandate to disarm, rehabilitate and reintegrate militants, who accepted the offer of amnesty,” he said.
He commended some state governments who had enrolled some unemployed youths in their empowerment programmes in the region.
Mr. Alabrah said that such programmes would go a long way in alleviating poverty and reducing crime.