HUNDREDS of ex- militants under the Federal Government’s phase II Amnesty Programme have accused officials of the Amnesty Office of allegedly selling training slots meant for ex-militants to influential Nigerians for N500, 000 per individual.
Making the accusation, yesterday, the ex-militants, who converged at Ughelli, Delta State, also denied reports that they were used and paid by the Federal Government to perpetrate violence in the Bayelsa State election.
Speaking on behalf of the ex-militants, leader of Okurugbolu Amphibiou barrack, Mr. Clinton Ebiama, alleged that though the Federal Government had approved the training for ex-militants, staff working in the office of the Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, were in the habit of selling the slots to persons who are not original beneficiaries of the programme.
Warning the Federal Government to be wary of the activities of these individuals, Ebiama said: “This has been the case during the Kinsley Kuku era. Now these individuals are perpetuating the same act under the tenure of Gen. Paul Boroh (retd).
“We are using this opportunity to alert President Muhammad Buhari to be watchful of what is going on in the Amnesty Office because the good intentions of his administration are gradually being truncated by these individuals.”