Ex-militants threaten to invade Abuja again

Emma Amaize
and Akpokona Omafuaire

10 Februry 2012, Sweetcrude, WARRI –
EX-MILITANTS, under the aegis of Transformed Niger-Delta Ex-Militants , weekend, vowed to shut down Abuja over alleged failure of the Amnesty Office, Abuja, to pay their allowances since the completion of their training.

Leader of the group, Prince Meshach Bebenimibo, told newsmen in Warri that about 5,000 ex-militants who duly registered and undergone training at the Obubra camp in Cross River state have not been paid their entitlements since they completed their training in 2009.

He also demanded that the ex-militants should also be posted for training having completed their demobilization phase, adding, “We will invade Abuja again with genuine and peaceful protest to register our grievances.”
But, the Head, Media and Communication of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Mr. Henry Ugbolue said: “The Amnesty Office is not owing any ex-agitator monthly stipend. Anyone claiming he is being owed is an impostor. All ex-agitators enrolled in the amnesty programme are well aware that the Amnesty office never ever owe them. Usually, we pay on or before 28th of every month”.

His words, “Yes, a number of ex-agitators who had passed through the demobilization phase in Obubra are awaiting placements in training or skill acquisition centres, they will be placed, the processing is a tortuous process”.

Bebenimibo disagreed that they have been paid their allowances, saying, they were given assurance when they took their protest to Abuja, last year, that the entitlements would be paid, but up till now, nothing has been done.

According to him, “We also want immediate payment of our housing allowances and maintenance and care for the children and wives of our members who lost their lives in the struggle.”

“Finally, we demand the rapid development of the oil producing communities in the Niger Delta”, the group added.

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  • allnigeriansalmajiri

    its good for the half baked militants to consult their number one member in abuja in order to seek redress of their grievances but let not plot/hatch yet another destablizing plans.

  • Artz

    I must say to this mis-guided illitrates that the confusion and destruction of Life and property you people have caused the Citizens of Nigeria irrespective of region religion or location has been overwhelming and yet you act as though you were blind. It hrs because of your greed and impatience that the boko haramist have established their frontiers, now you want more, it is your home towns man and your tribe that you have just compromised in the history of responsibility in Nigeria, cos never again can we entrust power to the hands of the fool, you people have proved to be foolish and lack every wisdom it takes to be responsible citizens of Nigeria. So if you want you can in look for a Nuclear War head and strick down the entire country not only abuja, rubish!

  • I am one of d ex militant that pass out from d non violence since December 23 2010,i have not paid any payment,,me and my general pere ejune have be in amnesty office twice becose dis,,the accountant told my general that without d order of kingsley kuku chair of amnesty program that e can’t pay ,but all account number that us open in obobra camp is with him.,,26,166 is the number of person the amnesty office is telling d fg ,that the office is paying.in side this 26,166 about 13,000 person is not paid in some state like ,,delta ,bayelsa,rivers,edo state,,fg pls call general meeting to know d true of this matter,,if fg can say if u know u pass out from obubra camp and not paid any payment,come to abuja for prove it will be better..