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Ex-militants Threaten To Close CBN Branches In N/Delta

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Ex-militants of the Niger Delta region yesterday reaffirmed their threat to close down Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) branches in the Niger-Delta region on the expiration of the seven-day ultimatum they issued to the apex bank to pay up three months arrears allegedly owed them. They warned that the ultimatum expires Monday next week.

The ex-militant leaders under phase 2 of the amnesty  programme while reacting to a recent publication in one of the dailies  credited to Brig-Gen Paul Boroh said that the statements credited to  Boroh was unfair to them.

The ex-militant leaders who spoke through Mr. Stephen Ebisinte in Asaba, said that the decision to close  down CBN was unanimously taken by all phase 2 leaders in the region  and that there was no going back.

He maintained that Boroh informed them in a text message that the  amnesty office was no longer responsible for payment of their monthly  stipends, but the CBN.

He said: “We mean what we said earlier, at the expiration of the  ultimatum on Monday next week, we are all going out, Boroh should stop  misinforming and deceiving the government and the public, he forwarded  us a text message that reads: ‘Amnesty office does not pay anymore,  it’s Central Bank that pays ok’, now he is sponsoring people to plead  on our behalf in public to counter our report, he should stop  politicking with the amnesty programme because it has gone a long way,  he should stop politicising the affairs of ex-militants because we do  not have division in our midst”.

Meanwhile, a 35-year-old man, Mr. Christian Michael is currently  standing trial before an Asaba Magistrate Court over alleged unlawful  assault of a police man in Asaba. Other charges against the accused  person are unlawful damage of a Toyota bus, illegal possession of ATM  card belonging to other persons and possession of Indian hemp.

The accused was charged with three court charges contained in charge  sheet Number CMA/500c/2016.

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