This Day (Lagos)

8 December 2012

Nigeria: Ex-Militants Challenge Inclusion of Pollution Victims in Amnesty Programme

The plan to include victims of oil pollution in the extended second and third phase of the amnesty programme for militants who willingly dropped their arms is generating rumbles within ex-militants' camps in the region.

Some ex-militants who claimed that they were mobilized during the extended second phase and third phase of the amnesty project after surrendering their weapons yesterday dragged President Goodluck Jonathan before a Federal High Court, Abuja seeking to stop the expansion and or inclusion of victims of oil pollution as beneficiaries of the programme.

The former militants led by Mr. Friday Burutu, were miffed that their names were missing from the list of the 3,642 ex-militants for whom the National Assembly had approved the sum of N63.281 billion after they had surrendered their arms and ammunitions to the federal government.

They accused the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Chairman of Niger Delta Amnesty Committee. Mr. Kingsley Kuku of taking the slots in the affected phases of the amnesty programme to compensate oil pollution victims whilst they, the main ex-militants who physically submitted arms and ammunitions were left out.

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