Ex-militant leaders allege hijack of amnesty programme by powerful northern politicians

Ex-militant leaders allege hijack of amnesty programme by powerful northern politicians

- Some former Niger Delta militant leaders has alleged that the Presidential Amnesty Programme has been hijacked by powerful northerners

- They claimed that names of ex-militants who were supposed to go to training institution were swapped with Hausa/Fulani names

- They urged the chairman of PAP and special adviser to the president on Niger Delta, Brig-Gen Paul Boroh, to investigate and correct the anomaly

Some former Niger Delta militant leaders, on Thursday, February 1, raised the alarm that powerful northerners have allegedly taken over the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP).

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NAIJ.com gathered that the leaders alleged that the northerners swapped names of ex-agitators captured in the programme with Hausa/Fulani names as beneficiaries at most of the training institutions, Vanguard reports.

Leaders of Amnesty Phase 11, self-styled “Gen” Lord Agbuke and “Gen” Lucky Okete, in a 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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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Paul Boroh, said on Wednesday, January 10, that over 4,000 had benefited from the training and empowerment programme of the amnesty.

According to Boroh, who is also the special adviser to the president on Niger Delta matters, the beneficiaries were empowered in their choice areas of business ranging from professional trading, skills acquisition, agriculture, building materials and commodities, restaurant and bar, and timber saw milling.

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Source: Naija.ng

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