Posted by News Express | 28 August 2016 | 2,565 times
Ex-militants in the third phase of the Federal Government Amnesty Programme have asked Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, to launch an immediate investigation into the Amnesty Programme.
The ex-militants urged the government to prosecute all those culpable in the diversion and short-changing all that is due to members in the third-phase.
The Third-Phase ex-militants led by Comrade Wisdom Rufus made the demand in a chat with reporters in Abuja on Saturday.
According to them, while the first and second phases of the Amnesty Programme had since been fully implemented, the third phase, which was approved by former President Goodluck Jonathan, has suffered non-implementation.
The Amnesty Programme was launched by the Federal Government to disarm militants in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region.
Years after the programme quelled militant activities in the region, waves of attacks on oil installations began again. The attacks started few months after President Buhari became the nation’s President.
One of the militant groups that resurfaced in the region and calls itself the Niger Delta Avengers has claimed responsibility for most of the attacks on the oil facilities.
The group said last week that it has agreed to a ceasefire and that it was ready for negotiation with the federal Government. (Channels TV)