Abuja - Nigeria’s Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) denied shortchanging Abuja ex-militants of their monthly stipends.
“If anybody says that any person in the Amnesty Office is colluding with ex-militant leaders to shortchange the, let them identify the official, so that the culprits will be handed over to security agents for prosecution,” PAP Abuja Head of Media, Daniel Alabrah, said.
Alabrah’s comments follow numerous reports that the office was colluding with unidentified leaders to deny some ex-militants their stipends.
He however said he was aware based on numerous cases that the office handling some ex-militants in Delta State entered into secret arrangements with an unnamed leader to pay about N15 000 (about $100) monthly.
There was a disagreement over the matter.
Alabrah meanwhile said PAP supported the Special Adviser to the President of Niger Delta Affairs and Chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Kingsley Kuku, who said stipends for ex-militants should be paid into their respective bank accounts and not through intermediaries as is the current practice.
– CAJ News