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Amnesty Programme: Ex-Militants Allege Fraudulent Allocation Of Slots



Repentant-militants in the Niger Delta region have raised the alarm over what they described as the alleged fraudulent allocation of over 500 slots to leader of the 3rd Phase amnesty beneficiary and called on the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari, on Amnesty Programme, Prof Charles Dokubo to immediately intervene in the matter.

The group at an enlarged meeting made up of former militant leaders under the 3rd phase from Edo, Delta, Bayelsa and Ondo states held in Benin City, the Edo State capital said those who were at the meeting with the Special Adviser recently were not true representatives of the 3rd Phase amnesty programme.

They appealed to the federal government and office of the amnesty programme to urgently take steps to collect the true data of all the ex-militants who surrendered their arms to embrace the amnesty programme.

Addressing newsmen shortly after the meeting they also called on the Presidency and the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Niger Delta Affairs/Coordinator, Presidential Amnesty Programme, Prof.  Charles Dokubo, to as a matter of necessity weed out all self-acclaimed leaders who use fake personalities and cronies to rob them of various job sloths allocated to them.

The ex-agitators under the umbrella of Collegiate Leadership vowed never to recognise the self-acclaimed leadership of one Julius Joseph who in collaboration with his executives allegedly hijacked all the benefits due to them as a result of greed and fraudulent activities.

Among those who bared their minds on the fate of the ex-agitators include Gen. Who Knows Tomorrow (Bayelsa State), Gen Boro (Ondo State), Gen. Omoko (Delta State) and Gen Samson (Edo State) respectively.

They harped on the need for a new leadership to bring about the desired change, peace and understanding among the ex-agitators and people in the region.

The Niger Delta ex-militant group demanded that “Prof. Charles Dokubo should not have any dealings with Julius Joseph and his group in the name of the 3rd Phase if he does not want to tarnish his image and protect his good name which he has built over the years as this will bring sanity to the amnesty programme.”

While expressing appreciation to the Presidential aide on Amnesty for helping to restore confidence in the amnesty programme, the ex-militants urged Prof. Dokubo “to treat this matter with utmost concern and kindly use his good office to investigate Julius Joseph immediately in order to prevent him  and his executive from continuing with their fraudulent activities.”

They also appealed to Dokubo to retrieve the sloths from Julius Joseph and others and give it to those that surrendered arms and ammunitions to the amnesty programme.

“He and his executive have been in office for the past six years; whenever they release sloths and there is a meeting in Abuja they will brainstorm and they will collect all our sloths (oil pipeline protection) and whatever that belongs to us.”