About 500 ex-militants in Niger Delta under the Presidential Amnesty Programme have threatened to unleash violence over the non-payment of their monthly stipends by the Federal Government.
The Niger Delta ex-militants alleged that they have been excluded from payment of three-month allowances by the Amnesty Office, adding that they would inflict mayhem on the region if coordinator of the programme, Brig.-Gen. Paul Boroh (retd.), fails to pay.
The ex-militants issued this threat on Monday after a meeting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, saying they would shutdown the East-West Road during their protests..
One of the ex-militants, Bipelede Enere, while speaking with newsmen after the meeting said, “They have not told us the reason we have not been paid. As I speak with you, I have not been paid my three months allowances but when they paid the two months some months ago, we received the money (sic).
“We don’t want them to push us to the point where we would take drastic action that would make anybody feel we want to fight against the state. That is why we are using this medium to appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to advise the leadership of the amnesty programme to pay us our money.
“If they fail to pay us our monthly allowance from now till Tuesday, we would go out en masse to block the East-West Road on Wednesday,” he added.
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