- Chief Emami asked President Buhari to probe Jonathan and other persons named as sponsors of militants
- He said they should not be spared in the name of negotiation
- The former president has denied the allegation
Chief Ayiri Emami has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to critically investigate Goodluck Jonathan and other persons named as sponsors of Niger Delta Avengers.
A splinter group, Reformed Niger Delta Avengers had listed some top officials including the former president as sponsors of the Avengers and Emami has advised the president not to take the revelation lightly.
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He said: “The revelation by the splinter group of Niger Delta Avengers about the sponsors of Niger Delta Avengers has vindicated my earlier position that some corrupt politicians running away from justice are the brains behind the criminal group.”
“Nigerians should not take the report by Saharareporters with a pinch of salt and President Muhammadu Buhari should ensure that the fresh revelation is properly investigated with a view to bringing all those behind the economic and political sabotage to book.
“I say so emphatically because these failed and corrupt politicians are determined to bring down the economy of Nigeria and rubbish the President Buhari’s administration before gullible Nigerians.”
The All Progressives Congress chieftain urged the president not to allow the suspected sponsors escape all in the name of negotiation.
However, the former president in a statement issued on Sunday, August 7 denied the claim that he was sponsoring the militants.
See the list of those named as sponsors of Avengers below:
Goodluck Jonathan, the former president (grand patron)
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state
Governor Seriaki Dickson of Bayelsa state
Senator Godswill Akpabio, a former governor of Akwa Ibom state
Government Ekpemupolo (alias Tompolo), ex-militant turned contractor
Raymond Dokpesi, the founder of the African Independent Television
Kingsley Kuku, an ex special adviser to Jonathan on Niger Delta
Olisa Metuh, an ex-spokesperson for the Peoples Democratic Party
Oyege Nimi Brown, VIP Timothy, Joshua
VIP Timothy Joshua
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Edwin K. Clark
Meanwhile, the Avengers dismissed reports that there was a split within its ranks, insisting that all its operatives are united and are all together.