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Ex-militants petition Jonathan over exclusion from amnesty programme

BENIN CITY—SOME former Niger Delta ex-militants from Edo and Delta states, have petitioned President Goodluck Jonathan and the office of the Presidential Amnesty Committee, alleging that cronies of some political appointees who were not registered in the amnesty programme are benefitting from the exercise while the “real ex-militants” are allegedly excluded.

In a petition addressed to the President and the Special Adviser to President on Niger Delta and Chairman, Presidential Amnesty Committee,Mr Kingsley Kuku, the former militants through their solicitors, Ugha Kurumah and others declared that the none beneficiaries of the programme were from nine camps scattered in the two states.
The petition said that Beni-Obiri Camp headed by Ojuemi Prediseghbofa keyed into the third phase of the amnesty programme with 1,300 persons and surrendered over 109 automatic weapons and several ammunition but that only seven slots were allocated to them from the monthly stipend while that of Pina-Ofini Camp headed by Saturday Ajemiri entered the programme with 1002 persons, surrendered 49 arms but was given five slots.

The letter further stated that 800 persons from Oweikontei Camp headed by Emmaunel Aboh entered into the amnesty surrendering 49 arms and several ammunition but got five slots while from the Toruiyesinghan Camp headed by Ayefagha Yeriyemi, 351 persons surrendered, giving 55 arms and several ammunition but got only five slots.
The petition reads in part:  These inappropriate engagement is making life after amnesty very miserable and unbearable for all members of the entire camps and we are shocked that in the midst of their predicaments, we are also aware that  your friends, political thugs gave slots to themselves from which they receive fabulous monthly allowances.”


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