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Allowance pitches Edo militants against their leaders

By Simon EBEGBULEM, Benin
OVER four thousand ex-militants in Edo state, yesterday, protested what they described as alleged decision of the amnesty committee to pay their allowances into the bank accounts of militant leaders rather than their own accounts as was directed by the late President, Alhaji Umaru Yar’Adua.

They declared that the latest arrangement was an attempt to short change the beneficiaries of the Federal Government amnesty programme by some militant leaders in collaboration with the amnesty committee, warning that if the decision is not reversed, it may force some of the militants back to the creeks.

In a statement signed by Commander Woribra Egelu, Commander Johnny Ade and Commander Jefrey, made available to newsmen in Benin City, it noted that the latest arrangement had culminated into the reduction of our allowances to N20,000 instead the minimum N65,000 per month for each repentant militant.


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