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Amnesty leader unmoved by ex-militants threats

04 September 2013, 14:02

Abuja - Kingsley Kuku, the Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Niger Delta Affairs, dismissed the threats by some aggrieved Niger Delta ex-militants to resume hostilities over unpaid allowances.

The ex-militants’ leaders had earlier issued a one month ultimatum to Kuku warning that they will “return to the creeks” if their grievances were not addressed.

"We are insisting that the pending allowances should be paid or else we will return to the creek," General’ Owonama Edward, one of the leaders of the ex-militants threatened recently.

Nonetheless, Kuku rejected such threats.

He said the threats by any group to resume hostilities were unreasonable as government remained committed to ensuring peace in the area.

"If any of the boys have issues with their allowances, they know how to reach my office and the matter will be addressed. No one should go about making empty threats about returning to the creeks.

"The days of trouble in the Niger Delta are over and we will ensure it remains so," said Kuku.

Nigeria currently spends more than $5 billion is training and payment of allowance to the Niger Delta militants who in the past blew up pipelines and kidnap expatriate in protest for the perennial neglect and under development of the area.

Although the federal government’s amnesty programme for the militants has ensured peace in the oil-rich area, some militants claim that an amnesty committee Kuku heads is short-changing them on allowances.

- CAJ News


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