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Amnesty recipient on hunger strike

By Godwin Oghre

Sapele—A beneficiary of the Federal Government’s amnesty programme, who was among those sent to Cyprus to study in 2011, Tivere Ben Tobi Ogbakpah, has been on hunger strike in Warri, Delta State, in the past one week.

He was returned to the country in 2012, following the non-accreditation of the course in the school he was sent to.
The protesting young man told newsmen, yesterday, that he spent some years at the Olabisi Onabanjo University before he was sent to Cyprus by the Federal Government in 2011 under the amnesty programme.

He said that himself and other beneficiaries of the programme, where brought back because they were told that the school was not accredited by the relevant authorities.

He said that since they came back, he had not been paid anything by the Federal Government, and that he was concerned about the time he had lost, as he was not sure when he would finish school.

Tivere, who wondered whether he had been dumped in Nigeria to his fate, said: “I will appreciate your help to find out what is happening to my case.”

His father, Mr. Ben Tobi, said that his son had been on hunger strike for about a week.

He urged the Federal Government to send his son back to school or declare its unwillingness to do so, to enable him get a school in Nigeria for him, adding that he would not want his son to kill himself.




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