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Court Fixes Nov 28 For Hearing On Ex-Militants’ Suit Against Amnesty Office

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The Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State has fixed November 28,  for resumed hearing into the suit filed against the office of the chairman of the Implementation Committee of the Presidential Amnesty programme and the federal government by ex-militants over their non-inclusion in the Amnesty programme.

The aggrieved ex-militants, Asenekir Oyile, Angiama-Owei Oyindoubra, John Government, John Sawyer, Trydy Okpeke, Dollar Motor, Selebi Ayowei, Bobra Angese, Henry Gomeromo and Ekerebi Ombe in their suit had claimed that the Amnesty Committee erred by refusing to include them in the ongoing Amnesty programme after series of resolutions from meetings with the past and present National Security Advisers to the President, Late General Owei Azazi and Col. Dasuki Sambo respectively.

The ex-militants in the suit, numbered FHC/YNG/CS/102/2013,filed at the Federal High Court declared that they were former militants that had accepted Amnesty under the Third Phase and surrendered their weapons to the federal government through the Amnesty Office in 2011 under the Peace Initiative of the federal government.

At the yesterday sitting, presided over by Justice H.A. Nganjiwa ,the Court, after hearing that the option of out of Court settlement handed both parties by the Court, was bungled by the Amnesty office under Brig. Gen. Paul Boroh, ruled that the court will resume hearing on pending preliminary objection from the defence over a motion for substitution of first defendant.

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