Leaders of ex-Niger Delta militants under the Phase II of the amnesty programme, on Tuesday, issued a one-month ultimatum to the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Kingsley Kuku, to release the unpaid allowances to members of the various camps in the phase or risk another round of crisis in the region.
The militants also raised alarm over non-implementation of the leaders’ entrepreneurship training, lamenting that the amnesty office has been sending some of the boys for training without notifying their leaders.
Speaking with newsmen in Ughelli, Delta State on behalf of the leaders, ‘General’ Owonama Edward and ‘General’ Charles Akatakpo, decried the omission of some members in the monthly payments.
“We have been experiencing a situation where some of the boys will receive their salaries in a particular month and have their names omitted the next. We are insisting that the pending allowances should be paid,” Akatakpo said.
Reiterating that the leaders of the phase II were not being recognised and carried along by the amnesty office, they said: “we the leaders are being treated like nuisance by the amnesty office, why? They should work with us on the implementation of the leaders’ entrepreneurship training.”