Amnesty: Aggrieved Ex-militants Threaten Resumed Violence  In Creeks

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By ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri

Aggrieved Ex-militants under the Phase II Amnesty Programme of the
Federal Government on Monday October 23, threatened to resume violence
and continued militancy in the Niger Delta Creeks if the Federal
Government fails to reactivate their bank accounts and pay their
monthly stipends to them.

AUTHENTIC News Daily gathered that the militants who bore placards with various inscriptions during a peaceful protest handed down the threat in a chat with Our Warri,Delta State Correspondent at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Warri Correspondents’ Chapel on Monday.

The militants claimed that the payment of their monthly stipends were
stopped since 2012 with their individual bank accounts allegedly
changed from UBA and Fidelity to Sterling Bank.

“Our accounts have remained dormant since 2012. They blocked our
accounts with UBA and Fidelity in Warri. We were made to understand
that the problem is from the Amnesty Office.”

The militants accused the Presidential Adviser on Amnesty
Programme, Brig. Gen. Paul Boroh and some Staff in the Amnesty Office
for allegedly diverting monies budgeted for their selfish interests.

The militants also accused some of. Their leaders of short changing them.
The militants stated that the Presidential Amnesty Office had promised
to meet their demands in several peaceful protests to their office
which they’ve failed to address.

The leader of thee group which was drawn from seven camps, Robert
Okosogha in their demands said,”Our account should be reactivated. The
money should be paid into the accounts. Correction should be made for
account number that was changed from UBA to Sterling and Fidelity
Bank.”

“Failure to which, we will go back to the creeks and continue with our
militant activities.”

Okosogha gave the names of some members of the group as Kala Titus,
Famous Gesiye, Gideon Geoffrey, Ugo John and Aron Emmanuel amongst
others.

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