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Amnesty Programme: Ex-militants vow to resume hostilities in the Creeks if, FG Refuses to pay them


WARRI- Aggrieved ex-militants under the Phase II Amnesty Programme of the Federal Government has threatened to resume violence by carrying out oil installation bombing in the Niger Delta Creeks, if the Federal Government fails to reactivate their bank accounts and pay their monthly stipends to them.

The ex-militants who carried placards with various inscriptions during a peaceful protest handed down the threat in a chat with  journalists in Warri, Delta State Correspondent at the Nigeria Union of Journalists,NUJ Warri Correspondents’ Chapel today.

The leader of the group, Robert Okosogha spoke on behalf of the ex-militants that  was flanked by some of the  group leaders while addressing  journalists, are KalaTitus, Famous Gesiye, Gideon Geoffrey, Ugo  John and Aron Emmanuel amongst others, said the aggrieved ex-militants from seven camps claimed that the payment of their monthly stipends was stopped since 2012 with their individual bank accounts allegedly changed from UBA and Fidelity to Sterling Bank.

“Our accounts have remained dormant since 2012. They blocked our accounts with UBA and Fidelity in Warri. We were made to understand that the problem is from the Amnesty Office.” He told reporters.

The militants accused the Presidential Adviser on Amnesty Programme, Brig. Gen. Paul Boroh and some Staff in the Amnesty Office for allegedly diverted   money budgeted for their payment for selfish interests.

The militants also accused some of their leaders of short changing them.

The ex-militants stated that the Presidential Amnesty office had promised to meet their demands in several peaceful protests to their office which they have failed to address.

“Our account should be reactivated. The money should be paid into the accounts. Correction should be made for account number that was changed from UBA to Sterling and Fidelity Bank. Failure to which, we will go back to the creeks and continue with our militant activities.”




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