Ex-Militant Leader In Bayelsa Denies Diverting N150m Amnesty Funds


A former Niger Delta militant leader, Pastor Reuben Wilson, has denied allegations that he diverted N150million amnesty funds earmarked for some former ex-militants.

It would be recalled that some former militants last Wednesday accused Wilson, whom they described as the Bayelsa State amnesty Coordinator, of allegedly diverting the money set aside for their housing and empowerment to his private accounts.

The former militants through a petition addressed to President Goodluck Jonathan by their lawyers, Olu Olujoh & Co., accused Wilson of squandering “all the money the Federal Government paid through him” to settle them.

But the accused, who denied the allegations on Friday, wondered why the ex-militants should ascribe an office he knew nothing about to him.

In a letter by his counsel, C.T. Olorogun & Co. to the former militants’ lawyers, Wilson said the Federal Government Amnesty Office “does not deal with ex-agitators through him”.

He also explained that he was not a member of the board of Federal Government Amnesty programme.