Frontpage

Amnesty Programme mismanaged – Ex-militant leader alleges

Nigeria may slide back to the days of militancy in the Niger Delta if demands of the ex-militants over nonpayment of stipends and admission of “real militants” into the Amnesty Programme of the Federal Government is not met.
Indications to this effect emerged at the weekend when more than 3,642 former militants under the third phase of the programme threatened to return to the creeks if the issues were not resolved.
General Para Ekiye, chairman of the coalition of Niger Delta ex-militants, who spoke in Yenagoa, capital of Bayelsa State, said that the affected ex-militants were ready to march to Abuja to demand the removal of the coordinator of the Amnesty Programme, Brigadier General Paul Boroh. He claimed that the programme has been mismanaged.
He alleged that approval for the inclusion of the 3,642 former militants was given after he had led a protest in 2012, but after that, names were substituted and so others, rather than the real people, benefitted from the trainings aboard.
According to him, officials gave the excuse that the removed names did not have the United Nations (UN) code.
He asked where the non-militants that were sent abroad got their UN code from.
Speaking on the issue, Mr. Owei Lakemfa of the Amnesty office said that the ex-militants have been paid up till 2017 and that those yet to be paid were not part of the programme.