Warri—Ex-militants of the Niger Delta have expressed gratitude to the Federal Government for including them in the third phase of the amnesty programme.
The former militants in a letter of gratitude to President Goodluck Jonathan by the Delta State chairman of third phase amnesty programme, Mr. Kingsley Agas and others, however, complained that since the payment of the third phase of the amnesty programme was effected, the bank accounts of some documented leaders were yet to be credited. They added that those whose accounts had been credited had their payment irregularly staggered and skipped, leaving only a few of the leaders with their payment update.
“We call on the financial section of the presidential amnesty programme to look into this issue and ensure that all documented leaders of the third phase of the programme are paid.”
They also called on the Federal Government to consider documenting former militants of Niger Delta region, whose records are yet to be reflected in the third phase of the programme with the amnesty office as quickly as possible to enable them also benefit, “especially the leaders of the ex-agitators and our boys who fought with us.”
They also thanked the national chairman and secretary of the ex-militants, John Julius and Tam Odogu, for their relentless effort in coordinating the amnesty issues at the national level.