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Amnesty office denies withholding ex-militants’ stipends

By Emma Amaize

WARRI—THE Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP, Abuja, has denied the claim that its officials were colluding with some ex-militant leaders to dispossess ex-militants of their monthly stipends.

Head of Media, PAP, Abuja, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, reacting to the allegation by the ex-militants, said “If anybody says that any person in the Amnesty Office is colluding with ex-militant leaders to shortchange him, let him point at the official, so that he will hand over the person to security agents for prosecution.”

He said the position of the Special Adviser to the President of Niger Delta Affairs and Chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Mr Kingsley Kuku, “is that stipends for ex-militants should be paid into their respective bank accounts and not through intermediaries that is the current practice.”

Alabrah said he was, however, aware based on numerous cases that the office handling some ex-militants in Delta State entered into clandestine arrangement with a certain  leader to pay about N15,000 monthly, but there was disagreement over the matter.

According to him, the Amnesty Office stopped the payment of stipends to the affected ex-militants and their leaders to investigate the cause of disagreement and resolve same.

Meanwhile, second phase ex-militants in Delta State,  have given  the Amnesty office a 14-day ultimatum to reinstate the payment of their stipends.


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