Mr Daniel Alabrah, the Head of Media, Presidential Amnesty Office, has called on security agencies to tackle the re-emergence of militancy in the Niger Delta region.
Alabrah gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja.
He said that security agencies needed to intensify efforts and devise new strategies to curb the re-emergence of militancy in the region.
Alabrah said the amnesty office was not a security agency and had no powers, competence or the wherewithal to stop any person ``who willfully decides to commit crime in the region’’.
He said the office only assist security agencies to carry out their duties, adding ``the truth of the matter is that the amnesty office has no security duties’’.
``The office has the mandate to disarm, rehabilitate and reintegrate the 26,358 former militants, who accepted the offer of amnesty,’’ Alabrah said,
He said he was aware that the state governments had enrolled some unemployed youths in empowerment programmes in the region, adding that such progammes would go a long way in alleviating poverty and reducing crime.