29 June 2011
Kingsley Kuku, special assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, says only 26,358 ex-militants who accepted the Federal Government's amnesty programme were given official recognition under the ongoing rehabilitation scheme.
He made the announcement on Wednesday in
Abuja at an orientation course for 176 former militants who are to proceed for training on pipeline welding and marine engineering at Seina Marine in . South Africa
Kuku said the ongoing disarmament exercise in the Niger Delta was illegal and had nothing to do with the presidential proclamation being handled by the Amnesty Office.
He declared that as far as the Federal Government was concerned, the disarmament programme conducted by the presidential committee on amnesty had been concluded on May 25.
Kuku urged the Joint Task Force (JTF) to stop the purported disarmament exercise currently going on in the region in order to avoid disruption of the amnesty programme.