Ex-militants beg FG to pay 3 months outstanding stipends

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The former Niger Delta militants, under the Amnesty Programme, have called on the Federal Government to pay their three months outstanding stipends.
Leader of the third phase of the amnesty scheme, Mr Ramsey Mukoro, who made this appeal on behalf of his colleagues, said that his group had not been paid for the past three months.

Chairman of the second phase in Bayelsa, Mr Ebina Salvation, in a statement made available to Newsmen in Yenagoa on Monday, said the development had become a burden to the ex-agitators.

He noted noted that the existing peace in the Niger Delta was as a result of the amnesty programme.

Salvation, therefore, urged the government to release adequate funds to the Amnesty Office for effective implementation of the programme.

Salvation affirmed that the Amnesty Office under the leadership of Boroh was doing well and therefore should not be blamed for the delay in the payment of their stipends.

“We, therefore, describe the allegations of the faction as false, baseless, mischievous and wicked.

“The allegations lack substance and should be thrown to the dustbin of history by all right thinking persons.

“We, therefore, urge members of the group to discountenance, Stephen Ebisintei’s, display of falsehood which is a figment of his imagination and that of his co-travelers,” he said.

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