Amnesty: Edo, Delta Ex-militants Petition Presidency
Some former militants in Edo and Delta States involved in the third phase of the amnesty programme have protested to the Federal Government alleging exclusion.
They also alleged that cronies of some political appointees not registered in the programme were benefitting from the exercise to the detriment of the “real militants.”
In a petition to the Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Niger Delta and Chairman, Presidential Amnesty Committee, Mr. Kingsley Kuku, the former militants through their solicitors, Ugha Kurumah and Co. said those being excluded from the programme were from nine camps scattered in the two states.
The petition said that Beni-Obiri Camp headed by Ojuemi Prediseghbofa enrolled in the third phase of the amnesty programme with 1, 300 persons and surrendered over 109 automatic weapons and several ammunitions and were allotted seven slots to benefit from the monthly stipend. That of Pina-Ofini Camp headed by Saturday Ajemiri entered the programme with 1, 002 persons surrendered 49 arms and was given five slots.
The petition said 800 persons from Oweikontei Camp headed by Emmanuel Aboh entered into the amnesty programme surrendering 49 arms and several ammunitions and got five slots, while militants from the Toruiyesinghan Camp headed by Ayefagha Yeriyemi, 351 persons surrendered 55 arms and several ammunitions but got only five slots. The Ukurisi Camp headed by Jacob Ikpi enrolled in the programme with 277 persons and surrendered 40 arms and several ammunitions and got four slots.
Kala Osuwo Camp headed by Agama Peter with 219 persons and surrendered 22 arms and several ammunitions and one slot.
According to the letter, Urhode Camp with Ovwighovie Ovayebewho its leader entered into the programme with 150 persons, surrendered 12 arms and several ammunition and was allotted only one slot for monthly allowance while Okuku camp headed by Isaiah Ajemiri entered into the programme with 200 persons and surrendered 26 arms and several ammunition and got three slots, while Biakpere Camp headed by Oweiyolo Endurance enlisted into the programme with 139 persons, surrendered 25 arms and several ammunitions but allotted only two slots.
The petition said these inappropriate engagements is “making life after amnesty very miserable and unbearable for members of the camps,” and alleged that they “were surprised that in the midst of these predicaments, some of your friends, political associates have got slots to themselves from which they receive fabulous monthly allowances.”
The letter which was copied to the President, both chambers of the National Assembly, police, DSS want the affected militant camps to be given slots that corresponds with the number of persons in the camps and also be paid arrears from February 28, 2013 being the date they entered into the third phase of the amnesty.
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