Thursday, September 8, 2011

Amnesty has no third phase, FG replies protesting ex-militants

7 September 2011

The Federal Government, on Tuesday, described the demonstration of some Niger Delta ex-militants in Yenagoa, who obstructed traffic for more than five hours on the 
East-West Road
as unwarranted, insisting that  the Presidential Amnesty programme  had no third phase.

Reacting to protests by some ex-militants, numbering over 7,000, to kick against their non-inclusion in the ongoing amnesty programme, the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and the Chief Executive Officer of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Mr Kingsley Kuku, said the amnesty office had not received directives from President Goodluck Jonathan to admit new entrants into the programme.

In a statement signed by the Head, Media and Communication, Amnesty Office, Mr Henry Ugbolue, a copy of which was made available to the Nigerian Tribune, in Yenagoa yesterday, the special adviser observed that the clamour to integrate new persons into the programme was against the principles of the 2009 Amnesty Proclamation.

According to the statement, there was no basis for the protest by the ex-warlords as the time frame for the amnesty had expired.

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