- The former militants including Awe Akuke, Indian Fineboy Kolotor, and Augustine Aboh, spoke in Benin, Edo state
- They also asked the federal government to ensure their demand is met to avoid unnecessary problems
Former militant leaders in the Niger Delta region are currently demanding 30 percent pipeline surveillance money saying this must be directly paid to each of the leaders and not through a single individual.
Speaking in Benin City, Edo state, some of the former militants including Awe Akuke, Indian Fineboy Kolotor, and Augustine Aboh, said there were plans by few of their leaders to hijack the money.
They warned that this could create fresh crisis in the region since all the leaders were involved in the surveillance job.
“We don’t want the 30 percent payment to be given to a single ex-militant leader.
“We, the ex-agitators, particularly those of us from Delta State and other parts of the Niger Delta, note that nobody bought arms for us.
“We got arms to fight the struggle before dropping them and we are all leaderss in our own right.
“This 30 per cent fund which is already with the NNPC should be given directly to the ex-militant leaders so that peace will reign in the region,” they said while speaking with journalists.
According to the former militants, if the federal government wants to know the authentic generals, they should call the chairman of the amnesty committee, Gen Paul Boro (retd), to invite all of us so that we can identify ourselves.
“The coming pipeline security contract that they want to give to ex-agitators by the Federal Government should be shared among all the leaders in the Niger Delta.
“They should ensure that the ex-agitators who embraced amnesty in the first, second and third phase are captured to avoid crisis.
“We all want peace in the region but we will not accept any attempt to cheat or undermine any body in the sharing of the money.
“The government should also advise NNPC to always invite all the leaders of the ex-agitators each time they want to discuss issues with them rather than invite just a few of them,” they added, according to Vanguard.
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NAIJ.com reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had terminated the pipeline surveillance contract which was given to the ex-militants by the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The president also agreed to pay the former militants for the period of their services with a view to ensuring peace in the region.
NAIJ.com reported earlier that governors on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have asked the federal government to commence negotiations with all agitators in Nigeria.
According to the governors, this would help quell the continued agitations across major parts of the country.
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