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N-Delta groups urge FG to review amnesty programme

BENIN CITY—South South Professionals and the Niger Delta Youth Coalition, NDYC, have urged the Federal Government to undertake a holistic review of the amnesty programme with a view to ensuring that “idle minds” among the repentant militants were not used by desperate politicians to derail the country’s democracy.

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OIL THEFT: Don’t blame N-Delta ex-militants, Presidency warns oil firms

The Presidency defended ex-militants currently on the payroll of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) of involvement in the theft of oil in the Niger Delta.

The Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, claimed over 400,000 barrels of crude are stolen daily by unknown persons. The Presidential Amnesty Office (PAO) asked the international oil corporations (IOCs) to take urgent steps to halt the negative trend rather than accuse the former warlords and their foot soldiers of theft.

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