24 June 2011
By Emma Amaize
SPECIAL Adviser to the President on Niger-Delta and Chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Committee, Hon. Kingsley Kuku has said that ex-militant leaders, including the leader of the non-operational Movement for Emanicipation of Niger-Delta, MEND, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo and ex-Rivers warlord, Ateke Tom would soon undergo non-violence leadership training by the Amnesty Office.
Hon Kuku who clarified in an interview with Saturday Vanguard that the Federal Government did not exclude ex-militant leaders from the programme stated that some ‘commanders’ and ‘generals’ had already undergone training at the Ex-militants Re-orientation Camp, Obubra in Cross River state.
In his words, “The plan is in the pipeline. Victor Ebikabowei Ben, alias General Boyloaf had since undergone non-violence training and he is preparing for the advanced stage of the programme, which will take him to the
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The special adviser asserted that the Federal Government has put together a package for the ex-militant leaders which is different from that of their boys, saying, “It is a promise made to them and government will not renege on it.”