Powerful Northerners have hijacked Niger Delta amnesty programme – Ex-militants lament

Ex-militant in the Niger Delta have accused some powerful Northerners of taking over the Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP, by swapping names of ex-agitators captured in the programme with Hausa/Fulani names as benefactors at most of the training institutions.

The allegation was tabled by the militant leaders of Amnesty Phase II: “General” Lord Agbuke and “General” Lucky Okete, in a statement made available to reporters in Warri, Delta State, yesterday.

The statement said, “Northern politicians have hijacked the office of the head of PAP, he is just there as a ceremonial head and only endorses memos, while they take decisions.

“What we are seeing in the Presidential Amnesty Programme is something we do not understand, specifically in the education department.

“We, therefore, call on the Chairman of PAP and Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Brig-Gen Paul Boroh (retd) to visit the universities, find out things for himself and correct the anomaly.

“It might interest the general public to know that the education department is influenced by these persons in such a manner that the original beneficiaries from the region, who submitted arms and were captured and received monthly stipends, are being short-changed with Hausa/Fulani names as benefactors at the training institutions.

“Our people have been short changed by some unknown persons from the Northern and Eastern parts of the country. Perhaps, they have sold our chances to those folks, we cannot tell.

“We have made series of applications, which have been sent to the office for approval for our boys to go to school, but to no avail.”

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