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3,000 ex-militants demand inclusion in amnesty programme

3,000 ex-militants demand inclusion in amnesty programme

- Not fewer than 3,000 Niger Delta militants urged President Buhari to include them in amnesty programme

- The ex-agitators said they are ready to campaign for APC if included in the programme

Ex-militants under the aegis of Justice Group, on Wednesday, July 18, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to prevail on the coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Program, Prof. Charles Dokubo, to integrate them into the programme.

The 3,000 undocumented ex-agitators alleged that they were marginalised by past leadership of the amnesty office and the federal government.

In the letter written on their behalf by their solicitor, R. Inabowa, they said: “Recently, few executive members of the Justice Group met with the special assistant to the president on Niger Delta with the assurance that in a few weeks, he will ensure that we are included in the scheme.

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“As requested after our meeting with Prof. Charles Dokubo, we sent documents, publications and some JTF reports for his perusal. In the meeting, the ex-agitators pledged their loyalty and readiness to work with his office for mobilization and intensive campaign in the Niger Delta region for the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the 2019 general election if given a sense of belonging.” previously reported that a coalition of Niger Delta militants called for the sacking of Rear Admiral Apochi Suleiman as the Commander of the Joint Task Force (Operation Delta Safe), alleging his involvement in illegal oil bunkering in the region.

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The group known as the Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators also warned that it would be difficult to implement the 2018 budget if the current leadership of the JTF was allowed to continue in the Niger Delta region.

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