Ex-militants leaders in the Niger Delta under the Phase II amnesty programme have issued a one month ultimatum to President Goodluck Jonathan’s Special Adviser on Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Kingsley Kuku to release unpaid allowances to members of the various camps in the phase or risk another round of violence in the region.
They also flayed the non implementation of the leaders’ entrepreneurship training just as they decried the practice where the amnesty office have been sending some of the boys for training without notifying the leaders of their camps.
Speaking to newsmen on behalf of the leaders in Ughelli, Delta State, ‘general’ Owonama Edward and ‘general’ Charles Akatakpo lamented the omission of some of the 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 month. We are insisting that the pending allowances should be paid,” they said.
While stressing that the leaders of the phase II were not being recognized 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 towards the implementation of the leaders’ entrepreneurship training.”