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Ex-militants issue 2-week ultimatum on amnesty

By Festus Ahon

UGHELLI—Ex-militant leader, David Owhegbe, has issued a two-week ultimatum to the Presidential Special Adviser on Amnesty, Mr. Kingsley Kuku, to document and integrate members of his camp into the phase three of amnesty programme or he would mobilise his men for a protest in Abuja.

Addressing newsmen in Ughelli, Delta State, yesterday, Owhegbe decried what he described as the willful and deliberate exclusion of members of his camp from the documentation of ex-militants by the amnesty office.
In a letter addressed to Mr. Kuku, the ex-militants lamented that the time frame promised them “for their documentation and payment of stipend had long expired without any payment.”

Owhegbe and other ex-militants in the letter by their solicitor, Mr. A. Ovie, said: “On the proclamation of amnesty by the Federal Government, our clients with retinue of militants under their authority voluntarily submitted and surrendered all their guns and ammunition under their control and management to the Sector 1, Joint Task Force, JTF, at the Effurun Barracks, Delta State.
“Contrary to expectations, the express promise made to our clients that they would be paid their stipend and documented at the stated period has been unfulfilled.”


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