Niger Delta Ex-Militants Demand Weapons Back Over Govt. Inability To Fulfill Promises

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Following the non payment of stipends by the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) , ex-militants under the Phase III of the Amnesty Programme in Delta State have demanded back their guns and other weapons which they surrendered to the Federal Government in 2011.

The ex-agitators said the decision was due to government’s inability to fulfill it’s own part of the bargain for the monthly payment of N65,000.00 stipend  to each member of the group.

Coordinator of the Phase III Ex-Agitators in Delta State, Gen. Marshal Atake, alleged that they were being excluded, continuously, from the monthly stipends by the Amnesty Office.

Atake said if the government cannot fulfill it’s obligation, their guns should be released to them.

He lamented that since the 2011 documentation of the Phase III at JTF Headquarters Sector 1, Effurun Barracks, Warri, the Amnesty Office has allegedly refused to implement the payment of the N65,000.00 monthly, adding that their colleagues in other states were being paid.

According to him, the documentation exercise started during Kingsley Kuku’s administration but there was this flimsy excuse that their machines developed fault and promise to complete the documentation and implementation exercise to the final point of payment but as we speak nothing is done till date while others are enjoying the benefits of the programme.

“We wrote severally to the Amnesty Office when Kingsley Kuku was there and had also written under Col. Milland Dixon Dikio as the administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, but no success.

“We are calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to give Dikio a marching order to include the Phase III ex-agitators in the monthly payment and all the programmes that other members are benefitting from,” he said.

Other ex-agitators including Gen. Daniel Egole and Gen. Williams Emoghene in their separate statements, insisted on being paid their monthly stipends.

They said they were disarmed 11 years ago, and have not been paid a dime, asking why the discrimination when it was the same gun others dropped that they also dropped, urging the amnesty boss, Col Dikio to pay them their stipends.



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