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FG resumes payments to ex-Niger Delta militants

06 January 2017, 07:05

Abuja - The Federal government has resumed payment of N65 000 per month to ex-militants as the federal government seeks to end vandalism in the Niger Delta.

According to Piriye Kiyaramo, an officer in the government’s amnesty office, the ex-militants were paid two-month arrears on Wednesday.

“Two months of the ex-militants’ stipends were paid yesterday… the rest of their stipends will be paid later in batches by (central bank) CBN,” Reuters quoted Kiyaramo to have said.

Kiyaramo also disclosed that the payment was for August and September 2016.

President Muhammadu Buhari had slashed the allocation to the amnesty programme in the controversial 2016 budget, but he tripled the allocation in the 2017 budget following unrest and negotiations in the region.

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