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General News of Saturday, 13 November 2021


Ex-Niger Delta militants protest in Abuja, want arrears paid

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A coalition of the third phase of ex-Niger Delta agitators numbering about 200 have called on the Federal Government to listen to their demands in the interest of justice.

They made the demand while protesting in Abuja against the refusal of the Presidential Amnesty Office to fulfil its agreement.

According to them, the Presidential Amnesty Office was not created to feed greedy politicians, their wives and girlfriends.

The ex-militants said they had become political refugees in Abuja since 2019, having been ostracised by their communities in the Niger Delta. The protest started from the Unity Fountain in Abuja and proceeded to the entrance of the National Assembly.

They carried placards with inscriptions such as “Ex-militants cry for justice asking FG: Where’s the N5bn going monthly in the Amnesty Programme?”, “Presidential Amnesty Office was not created to feed greedy politicians, their wives and girlfriends” and “Association of 3rd phase ex-agitators of thought: Call for an urgent matter of national attention.”

The leader of the ex-militants, Lawrence Wazolo, told journalists that they were saddened by the sudden lack of transparency and shoddiness that had beclouded the activities of the Presidential Amnesty Programme and therefore had seven demands.

The demands included meeting with the interim coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Office, Col. Miland Dikio (retd.), allocation of slots to every documented and verified ex-militants and payment of all monies due to from the date of the amnesty programme till date.

Wazolo said, “We demand payment of contract fees as other phases have since collected theirs.”

He said the agitators also needed a forensic audit of the Presidential Amnesty Programme Office to reveal all the names of the beneficiaries and how much they have all received from inception till date.

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